“With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community; and help those who are not”. Predominantly working to empower the youth of Australia, the YMCA is now using this ethos to relieve the disconnection and isolation that many older Australians experience.
ClarkeHopkinsClarke is assisting YMCA to build a new brand of senior living in the form of walkable urban villages. Warralily will be the first village location and is positioned to promote ‘healthy, active ageing’. Comprising 174 independent living units and 27 apartments, the community focused development will also incorporate a range of facilities that will create a symbiotic effect on residents, staff and the wider community.
To increase site permeability, an aquatic facility and wellbeing centre will incorporate facilities that a standard in-town gym is unlikely to offer, attracting not only young families but also older people from the local area. Likewise, an onsite café will go above the standard in-house catering scope to provide a unique offering to the town’s population, drawing in expanded commercial custom and blurring the site boundaries. Both instances will provide YMCA with the opportunity to connect with the local university to utilise the facilities for training and youth employment.
The masterplan will enjoy excellent connectivity to the neighbouring town centre. Significant green outdoor space has been incorporated with a planting palette reflective of the native Bellarine Peninsula flora. Residents will have access to walking trails, a 1800sqm community centre, a central park with barbeque facilities, a kick-to-kick space, an orchard and a community garden.