Brookfield Multiplex has begun construction on the Mark Moran Group’s $100m seniors village, located in Sydney’s eastern suburb of Vaucluse, with Mr Moran stating the village would be operated more like a cruise ship than a retirement village.
Throughout 2013, GSA Planning has been involved in providing design development advice and preparing a Statement of Environmental Effects and Traffic Report for the redevelopment of the former Vaucluse High School site. The site had approval for a seniors living development which acts as a fitting renovation of a youthful venue, as there will be facilities for residents to maintain an active lifestyle.
In collaboration with new owners (the Moran Group, architect Marchese Partners, and Thinc Projects) GSA Planning worked extensively with Council for a revised, state of the art design including 224 residential aged care beds and services, 14 self contained units, car parking and landscaping. However, the key feature of this development is a central plaza, designed to promote social interaction and a sense of community within the Vaucluse village.
The Mark Moran Group has had six decades of experience creating high-quality developments for seniors. Earlier this year the group’s retirement centre Little Bay NSW won Best Facility in Asia at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2014. The award is this region's most prestigious accolade for seniors care, deemed the “Oscars of Aged Care”, proving an enormously significant honour for the Australian industry, as well as the Mark Moran Group.
The group has committed itself to providing an all-encompassing and vibrant lifestyle for seniors, as Mark and Evette Moran stated, “Our Live Younger Longer philosophy embraces our core belief; that with age comes a world of knowledge and experience.”
The group has created lifestyle programmes for the Vaucluse village that embrace stability, support, independence and community. The group has also factored comfortable details of the Vaucluse lifestyle such as hospitality and holistic care, including rehabilitation, concierge services and a menu of nutritious, wholesome food.
The village lives up to its aforementioned ‘cruise-ship lifestyle’ with a presence of scheduled on-site events including guest lecturers and chefs, regular classical music and jazz in the grounds. Local councils are involved in the creation of a diary of community events for residents to participate in beyond their front door. The Vaucluse Village also features boutique shopping locations within 30 meters of residences.
“We are immensely proud of what we have achieved at Mark Moran Vaucluse,” said Mr Moran.