Ten years ago the Simon Chappel Group (in collaboration with David Smallcombe) explored the opportunity of building a retirement complex on a unique site in Leabrook, which was for 120 years the home of what is soon to become Australia’s largest brewer, Coopers. The Cooper family had accumulated farm land in the area and established its renowned beer making enterprise on the site.
Visiting a number of facilities around Australia it was determined what was most sought after by retirees were walking trails, water features, security and spacious comfortable retirement living. As a result the facility was designed to meet all of those requirements by including undercroft car parking with three levels of contemporary style apartments and extensive use of gardens, accentuated by a creek running through the site.
The complex comprises 6 multi-storey buildings and 12 individual houses on a 1.7 hectare site in the heart of one of Adelaide’s most prestigious suburbs. ‘On Statenborough‘ offers a unique lifestyle in retirement, housing a full restaurant along with a heated swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, limousine service, bridge club, pool room, wine tasting and cooking classes, creating the ultimate package of lifestyle and luxury living.
The overall mix of contemporary houses, coupled with multi-level buildings boasting ‘spacious well lit apartments’, create a very unique community. Key refinements and features which make ‘On Statenborough’ the best multi-level retirement complex in Australia are soundproofing, air conditioning, keyless access, 24 hr security systems including keyless video entry and secure underground car parking. Completed in November 2010, The Urban Development Institute of Australia recently honoured ‘On Statenborough’ with three awards for best ‘Masterplanned Development’ (Retirement Villages), best ‘Seniors Living’ at the UDIA (SA) Awards for Excellence 2011 and best ‘Seniors Living’ at the National UDIA Awards for Excellence 2012.
Currently in the planning stage, Mitcham Green involves the construction of a multi level residential retirement complex in the disused Reed Fuller Quarry at Mitcham, South Australia. Comprising some 120 residential apartments and community facilities the development has north facing views of the city of Adelaide and a back drop of the disused rock face of the former quarry.