Newsletter ISSUE 11 October 2015

ISSUE 11 – Bellerive Retirement Village Complete!!!

Bellerive in Lyons, ACT  was selected as the finalist for the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence 2015 NSW & ACT for Senior’s Independent Living Category.


Bellerive Retirement Village is an iconically designed series of building in Woden, ACT. The development is made up of 80 Independent Living Units and Leisure Centre housed over 4 buildings, and integrated to the existing Stage 1 development which included 27 Villas, 16 Independent Living Units, and a Leisure Centre. The development was completed in 3 stages over 40 months, on time and on budget.


The scale, streetscape rhythm and modulation is reflective of the controls and directives set in place in the broader principles for the site. The height strategy forms part of a larger visual appreciation of built form hierarchy and cohesion which extends beyond the site. The design response is therefore, responsive to the transitional nature of the site which sits narrowly in between the existing Stage 1 Villas and Melrose Drive that separates the town centre from the village.


The residual spaces between the buildings provide for both passive and active outdoor facilities in a well-defined and secure landscape environment. This appropriate building separation further enhances the amenity of the units with excellent solar access all year round.


Bellerive has included both passive and direct environmental initiatives to provide a sustainable framework for the residents. All the lobbies are glass fronted, bringing natural light, ventilation, and the surrounding outlook, providing for an optimum environment and experience to the common areas. Photovoltaic solar panels, double glazing, trickle ventilation system, well orientated and ventilated apartments all form part of an environmentally minded development. 85% of the apartments receive at least 3hrs of sun in mid-winter and 76% with cross ventilation. The units are salubrious and 100% adaptable, which allows both comfort and aging in place.


Bellerive Retirement Village benchmarks retirement living, as well as clearly showing an inclusive approach to the broader drivers that define the site and the architectural outcomes.


We congratulate the entire team that was involved in the making of this development with special thanks to Hindmarsh Group who provided an excellent platform for a collective vision of the project.