Lendlease partners with Catholic Healthcare for big vertical retirement village and aged care hub at former Melbourne Channel Nine studios

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Our largest village operator has submitted amended plans for the development including increasing the height of one building designated for a retirement village from six to nine storeys at the site in Bendigo St, Richmond, 3km from the CBD.

The site was originally approved for development in 2012 after Lendlease bought it in 2010 for a rumoured $50 million.

When approved, the site will also be home to a second retirement living building up to four storeys for a total of 138 retirement living units, 16 affordable housing apartments over three storeys operated by Women’s Housing Limited and a six-storey 144-bed aged care facility to be run by Catholic Healthcare.

The facility would be the NSW Not For Profit’s first in Victoria after moving into Queensland last year and is one of a number of facilities the provider is partnering with Lendlease to build at seven of its retirement villages.

David Maher, Managing Director Catholic Healthcare, tells us that they are also looking to provide additional care to ageing Australians in their own homes and retirement accommodation. “Catholic Healthcare’s broader mission is to respond to the growing community need for quality aged care through new services in new areas,” he said.

Source readers would remember that Lendlease made a splash in last year’s ACAR, winning 756 beds. Lendlease already has 108 licenses for the Richmond facility and says it will apply for the remaining 36 in the next round.

The operator currently has over 16,500 residents across its 71 villages.