VMCH’s Retirement Living Project

Retirement Living Project in Kew


  • Client VMCH
  • Date 12/17/2021
  • Categories Health & Aged Care
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This VMCH Kew Project involves the revitalization of a strategic development site close to the Kew Junction Activity Centre. It will deliver a significant redevelopment of one of VMCH’s expansive land holdings and will incorporate 108 high-quality residential apartments with associated community facilities.  The features of this project will enable retirees to age in place, age gracefully and age connected to the local community.

VMCH have a long history of providing aged care, retirement living and disability services within the City of Boroondara and wider Melbourne. This project is set to be the hallmark of VMCH’s retirement living offerings and will provide a benchmark for future developments of this nature.

The unique approach undertaken by VMCH began with the development of a set of design principles which sought to underpin the entire design development process. Additionally, an architectural design competition was undertaken, being won by Woods Bagot. Early engagement with Council’s planning and urban design departments aided in obtaining early feedback and assisted in shaping the future of the site. Strong local government leadership was shown from Council Officers who were heavily involved in the process from start to finish. The project team engaged extensively with Council and the local community to progressively refine the scheme in response to feedback.

The architectural design takes cues from the existing heritage buildings on the site, as well as the wider character of the area. Creative and responsive design expertly curated by Woods Bagot resulted in the retention and restoration of the significant heritage buildings and a very low site coverage which allows for the planting of 151 new trees throughout the site.

Human Habitats is proud to have played a central role in securing this landmark planning approval, in concert with the client and project team.