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design is on the ball for the former fancutts tennis centre

Written by The ReReport

RetireAustralia has unveiled plans for an innovative vertical retirement village set on the iconic Fancutts Tennis Centre site in Brisbane’s inner-north.

RetireAustralia has unveiled plans for an innovative vertical retirement village set on the iconic Fancutts Tennis Centre site in Brisbane’s inner-north.

The Fancutts Retirement Village will be RetireAustralia’s first major new development project in Queensland.

RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said this was the company’s first new development in Brisbane, with more projects coming soon, including at Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast.


“RetireAustralia owns and manages five existing retirement villages in Queensland, which the company acquired, as well as a further 22 retirement villages across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia,” Ms Quinn said.

An artist’s impression of the living zones at the new community.

She said Fancutts Retirement Living would be an eight-storey village at Lutwyche featuring 183 contemporary independent living apartments and 35 care apartments for those requiring a higher level of support.
“Every aspect of Fancutts has been designed for seniors living, drawing on world-leading research from the University of Stirling to deliver a state-of-the-art village that will ensure residents enjoy a quality lifestyle as they age,” she said.

An artist’s impression of a bedroom.

“Age-appropriate features include flooring that caters to ageing eyes to prevent falls, luminance contrast, correct light levels and acoustics in apartments and age-appropriate handles and tapware.
“The extensive community facilities encourage residents to lead more physically and socially active lives to improve happiness and wellbeing, while our unique care offering enables ageing in place.”
Designed by leading seniors living architects Marchese Partners, in collaboration with the University of Stirling, Mrs Quinn said much of Australian research around dementia design was focused on aged care facilities, whereas Fancutts was designed to be a community for residents at various ages and stages of life.
“Our collaboration with the University of Stirling has resulted in practical design solutions, underpinned by research and analysis from leading academics, that will improve the quality of life for residents at Fancutts Retirement Living.”

An artist’s impression of a communcal zone.

Marchese Partners principal Frank Ehrenberg said the design aimed to create an age-appropriate and enabling environment.
“From the stunning arrival experience across the Fancutts forecourt to the entry to the diverse range of community spaces and the light-filled apartments, this is an extraordinary project that represents retirement living at its best.”
Mrs Quinn said RetireAustralia’s new care offering would become standard across all the company’s new development projects and would provide a diverse range of services, including private and government-funded care delivered by highly qualified staff.
“Fancutts Retirement Living is the flagship for RetireAustralia’s new projects across Australia and will pave the way for our new care offering to be introduced across all retirement villages,” she said.
With 2500sq m, or more than a football field of space devoted to community areas and facilities, the design provides multiple opportunities for residents to socialise as well as spaces to enjoy the expansive views on the upper levels.


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The apartments are within walking distance of Lutwyche City shopping centre, which is currently undergoing redevelopment, and close to medical and allied services, dining and entertainment, and public transport.

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