A development application has been submitted by Tricare to construct a new multi-tower residential aged care and retirement development located at 52 Seven Oaks Street, Taringa.
The development comprises of three buildings with heights of 9, 14 and 16 stories high. According to the development application, the design allows for the stepping down of building heights across the site from west to east which helps to decrease the scale to the east on Seven Oaks Street.
- Building 1 (Independent Living Units – Retirement Facility) 98 two bedroom units
- Building 2 (Assisted Living Units – Retirement Facility) 53 two bedroom units
- Building 3 (Care Beds – Residential Care Facility) 255 beds
Designed by Deicke Richards Architects, the proposed layout has been broken up into a series of buildings rather than one consolidated built form in order to maximise outdoor open space and landscaping while containing car parking within the building to reduce amenity impacts resultant of at grade car parking. The clustering of the development into a series of buildings also allows for the provision of breezes and solar access in and around buildings.
According to a Tricare demand and supply analysis, Brisbane’s existing supply and firmed pipeline of retirement living units and aged care accommodation is not sufficient to meet the demand of the ageing population.
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The Brisbane City Council is currently considering initiatives to encourage new retirement living and residential care accommodation in areas of demand, to provide choice for residents to remain within their local neighbourhood throughout their lifecycle.
Initiatives include relaxations on building heights, reductions of infrastructure charges and improving and streamlining the development assessment processes for aged care facilities.
The Brisbane City Council forecasts that demand for aged care facilities will increase by 50% by 2027.
The proposal has received numerous submissions against the development from neighbouring properties complaining about loss of city views, scale and potential traffic generated from the facility.
The development application number for this project is A004685563.