The Townsend Park Retirement Lifestyle Estate occupies a site surrounding the State Heritage listed Townsend House, historically a school for sight, hearing and speech impaired children.
The project consists of a 47 unit apartment building, 12 maisonette-style cottages and 25 home-style units, arranged in a street circuit. This provides a range of accommodation styles and sizes in a gated environment.
The apartment building is arranged symmetrically and axially with Townsend House, taking its cues in height and mass from the original, Heritage listed school building. Apartments, modular in construction but achieving a stimulating variety in the overall composition, are arranged around several multi-storey voids. These voids provide natural light and air to every apartment, regardless of position.
Various living arrangement options are provided, to cater for a wide patronage. These options, combined with gymnasium and outdoor living facilities, taking advantage of the broad Townsend House grounds, engender a highly sought after sense of community.
The cottages and home-style units are more traditionally composed, and expressive of a ‘township’ streetscape. The collection of the cottages, along with the appropriately-scaled apartment building facing them are highly conducive to communal living, as required by the brief.