Tricare Proposes Retirement Community For Brisbane's Ageing Population


Aged-living developer Tricare have submitted to Brisbane City Council a development application for a 151-unit, 225-bed retirement and aged care facility at 52 Seven Oaks Street, Taringa.

Designed by Deicke Richards Architects, the proposal aims to create an integrated "ageing in place" retirement and aged care community to meet critical community and economic need for the area’s ageing population.

The proposed retirement and aged care community will provide a full range of care to allow residents to "age in place" within their established local area and community as their housing needs change.

“The levels of care to be provided include high care, assisted living units and independent living units.


The entire proposed development is made up of three buildings. The first building will be dedicated to independent living, featuring 98 spacious units ranging in area from 96 square metres to 114 square metresThe project’s second building was designed for assisted living, featuring 53 assisted living units that will have access to support with health care and daily living needs, including access to in home care, cooking, laundry and cleaning services.

The design accommodates staff treatment and utility areas at each floor level along with communal dining area, lounge area, library and terrace at the upper floor level.

The first buildings include ensuites, walk-in-robes, bathrooms, open planned living areas and generously sized balconies.


The third building is a residential care facility, offering 255 care beds and social and communal facilities. The design also accommodates a range of outdoor terraces for guests and ancillary facilities including office, administration, meeting room, staff room and staff training areas.

After conducting a "demand and supply analysis" Tricare found the existing supply and firmed pipeline of retirement living units and aged care accommodation in the catchment was not sufficient to meet the demand of the ageing population.

“The total number of residents aged 65 years and over is over 22,000 and projected to grow to over 30,000 by 2026,” Tricare said in their proposal.

“The older population over the age of 70 years is currently at circa 14,000 and in 10 years’ time, will reach over 20,000.

“The ageing population within the catchment area is forecasted to age faster than ageing in greater Brisbane.”

Images courtesy Tricare & Brisbane City Council.

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