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The challenge for better facilities and
neighbourhood connectivity has been
set, as the late baby boomers and Gen Xs
start to move towards retirement in the
next 15 years.
As housing options become far more
varied, the needs and expectations of the
public are increasing. It’s important that
retirement housing providers don’t fall behind
in the crowded marketplace.
“The 70-year old is the new 60-year-old
in many respects, and the assumption that
they all want the same housing type is now
not realistic,” says Gary Mackintosh, associate
director of Hames Sharley. “The preference is
to be close to family, amenity, shopping and
More commonly, retirees and the elderly
are looking to stay in the family home, live
in a granny flat, move into a more accessible
home in the same location (such as moving
out of a two-storey home), downsize to an
area with improved amenity and location,
and, if necessary, move to aged-care facilities
due to health.
“It is the group of downsizers and people
with higher expectations that may have the
most effect on the traditional retirement living
provider,” Gary says.
The question is, how can retirement-living
providers retain their market share as these
market pressures and other choices are taken
up by their traditional residents? Watch this
space for big changes to come.
Commercial | Design update
The mixed-use residential
development at Kishorn and
Ogilvie roads, Mount Pleasant was
the first planning application in the
Canning Bridge Precinct.
Research by Master Builders and Y
Research has revealed one in five new
dwellings in Perth will likely be apartments
by 2020 – double the rate that it was at the
turn of the decade.
Renewed interest and investment in
Fremantle is seeing a combined level of
private and public investment of more than
$1 billion in civic, commercial, residential
and retail developments.
Peet Limited and BGC Development’s
Invita Apartments at The Village at Wellard
is the first transit-oriented community on
Perth’s southern train line, winning the 2015
Affordable Development award at the UDIA
National Awards for Excellence.
Colliers International estimates that
188,281sqm of office space is currently being
built within the CBD, all of it new construction.
According to Property Council of
Australia’s Keep WA Growing report by Urbis,
$4.5 billion of infrastructure investment and
$2.4 billion of unlocked property development
would enable $27 billion of economic activity
for WA, and generate 32,500 new jobs.
Without any additional transport capacity
in 2031, not investing in MAX Light Rail
is expected to cost Perth $16 billion in
According to Colliers Inter national’s
research and forecast report, office tenants are
receiving record levels of incentives as owners
compete for their occupancy, with Perth CBD
currently having the highest A-grade incentives
in Australia at 38 per cent. Crown Towers Perth
the new luxury 500-room hotel at Crown
Resorts – will be Perth's largest hotel, with
completion expected in 2017.
From the UK an d Asia
to the Middle East an d
Australia, the fu ndamen tals of
design and co nstruction are the same
across the globe – building a great team of
people. Au stralia leads the way in having
great people an d wo rk ethic.
Vince Mulholla nd, chief
executive officer of Doric
CANNING BRIDGE PRECINCT
“ The new Canning Bridge Structure plan is a brave and aspirational collaboration between the City of
Melville and the City of South Perth.
"This generational project will see the residential population rise from 3800 to 24,000, and the
commercial population from 1700 to 7900.
"The i mplemen tation of the re-zon ing will create a new high-density, tran spo rt- oriented n ode that
will be a fulcrum bet ween Per th City an d Frema ntle.
"Within this precinc t, the criteria for pla nn ing discretio n demands design excellence, high levels of
su stai nability a nd demo n strable co mmun ity ben efit.”
James Thompson, McDonald Jones Architects
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