Kellyville seniors' village wins national award

The Gracewood residents Jim, Ken, Barbara, Patricia and Joan enjoying each other's company at the award-winning facility.

The Gracewood residents Jim, Ken, Barbara, Patricia and Joan enjoying each other's company at the award-winning facility.

The Gracewood seniors' village in Kellyville has won a national development award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

The Award for Excellence in Seniors' Living was announced at The Star in Sydney on August 1 and acknowledges projects that push the boundaries in innovation, sustainability and affordability.

Judges praised The Gracewood as an exceptionally well resolved, medium-rise seniors' village, and commended the large apartments and clubhouse facilities for their "high competency in architectural and passive environment design, with good solar access and cross ventilation", first class internal finishes and external landscaping.

Judges said the development's site planning "maximises the natural amenity of the retained Cumberland woodland and fosters integration with the external community through building orientation and active uses, accessible at ground level".

Built between September 2011 and June 2013, The Gracewood has 73 apartments, a restaurant, bar, café, kiosk, chapel, gymnasium, pool, hair salon, day respite centre, as well as home care services on site.

BaptistCare plans to build a $25 million facility for high and low dementia care patients alongside these community living apartments.

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