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- As baby boomers are entering retirement, the sector is facing an unprecedented opportunity to capitalise on this demographic shift. There are many challenges facing the sector, such as how to address and fix public perceptions to DMF and how operators can best build and construct villages based on market need. Attend Planning, Designing & Constructing Retirement Living Villages conference to hear practical solutions to all the major challenges facing the sector.
- Rebuilding consumer trust
- How to design flexible villages to provide a continuum of care
- How to conduct market & demographic analysis to develop the right product
- How to renovate and modernise your existing portfolio
- Featuring two days of industry networking & knowledge sharing
- A highly interactive agenda that features design insights from award winning retirement villages
Executive leaders from the Retirement Living Sector:
- CEOs, COOs, CFOs
- Directors of Retirement Living & Operations
- Directors & Managers of Design
Attend to learn:
- Understand the drive-to-buy of the baby boomer market
- How to renovate your existing portfolio
- Design different village models based on market analysis
- Design an adaptable village for care integration
Andrew Sweeney is a founding director/shareholder of Greengate, Australia’s premier Developer and Operator of inner urban Integrated Care Villages. In 2016 St Brigid’s Green in Sydney’s South-east won the Property Council Award for Australia’s “Best Retirement Living Development”. Recently in 2017, St Luke’s Green, located in inner Brisbane won the Retirement Living National Award for Design Excellence. Greengate specialise in creating “Vertical Villages” which typically comprise 60-100 Independent/Assisted Living Apartments for seniors and a 60-100 bed Boutique Aged Care Homes providing 24 hour care (low/high and dementia care).
The Villages are located in inner urban or town centre locations in Sydney and Brisbane close to transport and amenities. Greengate have pioneered innovative ways of working with church, charitable and government land partners who in additional to liberating land value seek social outcomes for local elderly. Andrew has a deep understanding of the needs of residents, the market and industry trends, aged care operations and development commerciality. Combined with his design skills he synthesises these to create Villages that appeal to the elderly in each community. Andrew has led a team at Greengate who undertake all aspects of project development in-house from initial site selection, market research, architecture, marketing, sales, finance, development /project management through to village management and aged care operations.
Arena Living NZ
Richard Davis has been CEO of Arena Living since moving back from the UK in April 2017. Arena was established in 2016 and have 6 retirement villages in New Zealand and are looking to grow with further acquisitions. Prior to Arena Richard was CEO of the LCR UK business from January 2011 and prior to that was CEO of the LCR NZ business since establishing it in 2007. Before LCR Richard had 7 years at Metlifecare as GM Sales & Marketing where he was responsible for a turnaround in sales & operational performance, which contributed significantly to reduced debt, and improving profits between 1999 and 2006. Metlifecare had 15 retirement villages with 2,300 retirement apartments and over 500 care beds providing care for over 3,500 residents. Richard researched and developed the 30% DMF Business Model for Metlifecare which subsequently became the industry standard in NZ. In the UK Richard delivered a significant lift in the LCR business performance including the successful funding and commencement of Battersea Place, London’s first luxury retirement village with 109 apartments, exclusive resident amenity and a 30 bed care facility with a GDV of more than £120 million.
Lorraine is a registered architect who specialises in health, Aged Care and Residential Buildings.
Lorraine has worked at a number of prestigious architectural firms including Bates Smart, Hassell and Peddle Thorp as a Senior Health Design Architect.
She joined Australian Unity in 2007 in the capacity of design manager within the construction and development team and is currently Head of Design and Planning.
Lorraine oversees the design of all new projects at Australian Unity Independent and Assisted Living. She has developed and documented minimum design standards and briefs for Urban Design, Retirement Living Communities and Aged care buildings. Lorraine ensures consistent and quality built environments are created that reflect person centred design and are adaptable, accessible, functional, sustainable and a joy to reside in.
At Ewert Leaf we distinguish ourselves with a commercial approach to design. We carefully manage the balance between creativity and practicality to create innovative yet pragmatic design solutions which are contemporary, yet enduring.
When it comes to designing lifestyle villages, community is a defining element. A change in lifestyle and the desire to downsize, yet remain connected to the community are key factors influencing this retirement market. The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation is fueling growth in ‘lifestyle resorts’, where not only residential accommodation is provided but also resort-style community facilities. These range from health and sporting facilities through to learning and business centers, restaurants and cafes.
The new generation of residents are increasingly interested in good design, not only in terms of home planning and amenities, but also architecture and the environment. Sustainability, quality of natural light, connections with landscape and outdoor spaces are qualities being sought by residents. Residents are also rarely accepting of ‘retiring’, – many are still working, staying active and contributing to the wider community.
Through master planning and careful consideration of private versus public space, Ewert Leaf create a canvas for great communities to develop. We consider whole-of-site way finding, accessibility, visual connectivity, population densities and community facilities. Even the term ‘community’ is no longer only about the residents – it also considers their extended families and visitors and how they might become part of the enriched village life.
Creating shared facilities is a master planning exercise in itself. Whilst considering the practicalities of staging and construction costs, we must also create the best ‘village structure’ for the community to develop over time. For the younger demographic of ‘lifestyle villages’ there is a need for activity, interactivity, learning, working, playing and socializing. By creating shared business and learning centers, gymnasiums, workshops and gardens, we can allow people to explore and experience.
The concept of ‘seniors living’ needs to promote a lifestyle of comfort, security, independence and choice. As we age, the need for change reduces and the need for security increases. Being familiar with our surrounds with easy access to family, friends and varying levels of care enhances that feeling.
It is in this environment that we see the opportunity to break the mold of traditionally developed ‘seniors living’ to coincide with this design renaissance for generational change for the future resident in retirement living, care and assisted living. Our design must reflect the aspirations and expectations of the new and future resident.
Cottee Parker Architects is a national practice operating in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. We have over 175 staff with the capability to handle projects of all sizes. Collectively our team has over 60 years experience in the design of seniors living projects.
We are experienced in designing a broad range of accommodation for seniors living:
– Residential aged care facilities
– Dementia care facilities
– Assisted living units
– Independent living units
– Lifestyle Resorts
– Heritage Projects
– Mixed use Developments
Designing for Seniors Living
Our team of specialist designers have a track record of delivering state of the art seniors living facilities. Our approach shows an understanding of this sector, creating bespoke designs that respond to key factors, such as:
– Designing for flexibility to allow ageing in place
– Emphasis on wellness and restorative care
– Creating a diversity of accommodation types
– Attracting the next generation of ‘active agers’
– Market driven developments that respond to ongoing deregulation in the industry & consumer directed care
– Co-location of new facilities with sporting, community clubs, education facilities and health centres
– Consolidation of seniors living accommodation around inner urban areas
– Provision of higher density aged care and retirement communities
– New models of care including step down care & supported living
– Keeping abreast of international research and trends in aged care and seniors living
Atkinson Vinden Lawyers
Atkinson Vinden has been involved in the Retirement Village Industry for approximately 25 years and we have come to be regarded as one of the leading firm’s in NSW specialising in this area.
Guy Vinden is Head of the Health Care, Aged Care and Retirement Villages Team and Sheena Joshi is a Senior Partner, also specialising in Retirement Villages.
The firm authors for Thomson Reuters regular legal updates and provides key note speakers at various industry conferences.
They act for both not-for-profit and for-profit Retirement Village and Aged Care Operators. They also provide effective representation to our clients not only in NCAT but also in the Supreme Court when dealing with disputes between Operators and Residents.
They are able to assist in due diligence, acquisition funding and sale of Retirement Villages and Aged Care.
Calder Flower Architects are a highly-experienced, client focused architectural design firm.
We are leaders in design of housing and accommodation for older people and placed for delivery of care for the frail and vulnerable.
We develop a deliver innovative and financially viable solutions to our clients, and those who live in our communities. Calder Flower build long term client relationships on mutual trust, respect and collaboration.
What People Are Saying
“The conference provides real information for real industry players. The conference is heavy on practicality and light on mere theory. I felt we took away meaningful initiatives that can be integrated in our business immediately.”Oaktree Village Group & Attendee & Speaker at Driving Growth in Retirement Living Conference 2017
Date: 10 Apr 2017 By: Jessica Farrelly
“All retirement village owners and developers need is land use policy that supports, rather than hinders, development.” A report commissioned by The Property Council of Australia highlights a range of barriers to successful retirement village developments – the primary hurdle being the need to compete on the open market to secure suitable land sites. The …
Date: 1 Mar 2017 By: Mark Bindon
It’s been well documented over the last decade or two that Australia, and indeed the world at large, is ageing rapidly. There is a vastness in this phenomenon that is difficult to scope. It’s not just the sheer volume implicated, but a range of other factors that will need to be considered by government, seniors, …
Date: 20 Apr 2016 By: Jessica Farrelly
While technology presents a range of benefits for the retirement living sector, it can also make it easier for people to stay in their homes for longer. Luke Grieve, Operations Manager Aged and Community Care at Telstra Health spoke about whether technology could be the death of retirement villages at the LASA conference in Queensland. …
Date: 22 Feb 2016 By: Bill McDonald
The ‘Continuum of Care’ concept in the New Zealand context relates to the provision of an array of housing and combined services to cater for the changing needs of residents as they age within a single campus or retirement village setting. Sounds like a great idea, but there are plenty of examples where the concept …
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Retirement Village Residents Association
The Retirement Village Residents Association Inc. is the only organisation wholly representing retirement village residents in NSW.
The RVRA is a not-for-profit association. We are non-government and non-commercial, and have no affiliations outside the interests of village residents.
Our funding comes from membership fees, donations and sponsorships.