Murwillurbah aged care masterplan
Aged care and urban design
This is a masterplan for an aged care complex in a town of northern NSW called Murwillurbah, south of the Gold coast. The location of the site is very close to the town centre. The concept for the masterplan is to create a fantastic central plaza, two elliptical buildings containing all community, entertainment, and medical facilities, which includes indoor hydro-therapy pools, gym and large traditional sauna rooms, spacious function and ballrooms for dancing and hosting events, bars and restaurants, hobby clubs, libraries, cinemas. There will also be buses frequently taking seniors out for a day trip. For medical facilities, just name a few, nurse stations, medical centres with many doctors. Latest CT scan and other cutting edge medical equipment. The two building blocks forms a semi enclosed outdoor plaza, which will host various outdoor activities for the seniors. Surrounding the central plaza are high care, intermediate care and independent living units, these units are connected by a central green belt consist of many species of beautiful native plants attracting birds. These aged care units are divided into many different categories; I.E. multi-level senior living apartment buildings /separate building for nursing homes, terrace houses with small gardens and semi-detached townhouses with small gardens, this way seniors can have many different housing choices depending on their lifestyle preferences and health conditions. But they all have one thing in common - conveniently close to gardens, green belt - parks, community, entertainment, medical centres and close to the commercial retail town centre. All units will be designed to comply with Housing for seniors or people with disabilities SEPP NSW Australia.
Authorship: Charles Tang while at Legge and Legge