Baptcare Wattlegrove

A porous seniors development integrating into the broader community

Location: Wurundjeri Country, 50 Gillwell Road, Lalor VIC
Status: Under construction

Surrounded by homogenous suburban residential, this project could have followed the standard pathway for modern seniors living. Instead Baptcare sought to create a more intergenerational and active offering; one that would give residents stronger connections to the surrounding community, provide a wider range of living choices and allow them to access amenities beyond their building.

We considered this project within its context, as a new and integral part of the wider Mosaic Living Estate, almost a community within a community but without boundaries or divides that would segregate. We incorporated uplifting architecture rather than replicating the surrounding mass-built housing stock to breathe life into the local character.

“It’s fantastic to see an investment in our community for older residents that will provide them with greater choice in housing and support options as they age.”
Ricky Kirkham
Mayor, City of Whittlesea

The project provides aged care for up to 120 residents. It is a dementia friendly, homelike environment, with a design centred around large courtyards for passive and active recreation and wayfinding.

This development means delivering much needed quality aged care services and retirement living options to the Lalor community focusing on those people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Graham Dangerfield
Chief Executive, Baptcare