Benevolent Living renewal approved

30 October 2019

Plans to renew a seniors’ living community in Rockhampton will focus on the residents’ experience of social connection and wellbeing.

Benevolent Living has received Council approval to develop an integrated seniors’ living community, offering residents opportunities for engaging interactions while ageing in place. Deicke Richards has worked closely with Benevolent Living to produce concepts and staging plans for the architectural and interior design of three new buildings, as well as the refurbishment of key existing facilities. The latter includes a reinvigorated entry and reception area that will improve site legibility and provide welcome connection with the local community and glimpses through to the gardens beyond.

The new buildings will combine independent living environments and residential care. Shared spaces, including a café and an activities hub, will also be accessible to the wider community. All these areas will connect via inviting, multi-use garden spaces including a “town square” and a gallery walkway where local artists can display their work. The interior concepts aim to be sophisticated and respectful to the ageing residents. A contemporary palette of natural materials references the garden setting to create a calming environment.

“We are transforming from the traditional medical model and reinvigorating residential care with a new social lifestyle model that focuses on health, wellness, meaning and purpose, not just clinical care,” says Benevolent Living CEO Alison Moss.

Learn more here.

Read DR’s project case here.