Bolton Clarke wants to increase height of its 26-storey high tower on QLD’s Gold Coast

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Australia’s largest Not For Profit retirement living and aged care provider Bolton Clarke has sought planning permission to increase the height of one of its two towers planned for a retirement/aged care development in Southport.

The amalgamation of RSL Care and RDNS, which plans to double in size by 2025, last week filed a revised development application increasing the size of the larger southern tower from 26 to 30 storeys which will allow for 10 extra units to be built. The second tower remains at 19 storeys.

The vertical development originally proposed 146 two and three-bedroom independent living units, 40 assisted living apartments and a 72-bed residential aged care facility built.

Construction would begin early next year on the development, which will be part of the $500 million Queen Street Village precinct on the old Gold Coast Hospital site. The shopping centre section of the project is on track to open in February, with builders rapidly working to complete its cinema and IGA supermarket.

In December last year, Bolton Clarke paid $10 million for Coorparoo RSL, 4km from the Brisbane CBD, for a proposed vertical co-located retirement village, assisted living and aged care community.

On Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, Sunsuper-backed real investment trust Catalyst Health, created by Justin Laboo, and Odyssey Health Group, a tie-up between private retirement village and aged care operator Phil Usher and accountancy firm WMS Solutions, are building two vertical towers, connected by bridges with 170 aged and disability-care units, with some as self-contained apartments with up to three bedrooms. There will be a number of four-bedroom penthouses, each with a dual-key bedroom and ensuite in case live-in carers become necessary.