John Lewis and Les Walden praised in TAS with big regional village vision

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Architect John Lewis and financier Les Walden have come together again to create Tempus, a 200-unit retirement village co-located with aged care at Swansea, on the coast 134 km north of Hobart.

They were integral in The Arbour, at Berry, on the coast 140 km south of Sydney. It was the winner of the Innovation & Excellence Awards ‘Best Retirement Living Development’ in Australia in 2014.

Lewis was the architect and Walden had partnered with John Leo and Adam Somerville in The Arbour.

For Tempus, the fifth generation Cotton family of pinot noir vineyards Kelvedon Estate fame has joined the vision and support with the land.

The proposal is for an 18-hectare rural, lifestyle retirement village set amongst award winning merino sheep and 5-star vineyards.

East Coast Alliance president Anne Held says, Tempus has engaged from the start. They’ve been inclusive and transparent about what they want to do and that’s been incredibly refreshing.”

Freycinet Action Network convener Sophie Underwood also commended Tempus for briefing the community.

Local Mayor Debbie Wisby said Tempus could present the community with an opportunity for business growth and the developer had already indicated a potential partnership with local schools.

Tasmania is becoming a focus for large retirement village development. Last year Queensland’s Traders in Purple announced a 400-unit village development 12 km south of Hobart.

Another 300-unit village development was announced last year 140 km south of Hobart by Melbourne developer Cambria Green Agriculture and Tourism Management but there is uncertainty if it will be completed.