First residents move in to Uniting’s first Vertical Village at Westmead

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Stage 1 of the newly-named Uniting Westmead, which is one of the first age-in-place projects in Sydney, has opened with the first aged care residents from the former Uniting Mayflower moving in.

Uniting NSW & ACT operate over 40 retirement villages.

Architects and interior designers Marchese Partners, who have been involved with the project since 2010, said the vertical village will include dementia care, aged care, later living and a childcare centre.

The development, which is 26km west of Sydney’s CBD and 2km from Parramatta CBD, includes:

  • 114 residential aged care beds
  • 70 independent living apartments
  • Chapel
  • Seniors gym
  • Early learning
  • Community facilities (café, hair and beauty salon)

“This precinct will be especially important for a couple whose care needs change over time as both will be able to receive the support they need without having to move too far from partners and friends,” said Uniting’s Director of Property and Housing, Simon Furness.

”It is especially exciting to see the first people make use of the facilities and imagine the community that will birth from this development. Uniting believes that bringing different generations together fosters awareness, understanding and respect between generations whilst reducing social isolation.”

Uniting villages operate under a Loan and Licence Agreement for its independent living apartments. Prices range from $560,000 to $920,000.

The second stage is the development of 160 retirement living apartments.