at Red Hill
Retirement Living Community
Wesley Mission Queensland
Red Hill, QLD
Aldersgate at Red Hill is the revitalisation of an iconic 1970s Red Hill high-rise. On the fringe of Brisbane city, it offers a boutique lifestyle retirement community.
It’s very secure and safe. So many retirees are still very vibrant and full of life and getting out and about and this village really allows that sort of lifestyle.
Residents – Aldersgate Court at Red Hill
Prominently located on the Red Hell ridge line, the original Aldersgate Court was one of Brisbane’s first high-rise retirement campuses, originally designed by our retired Director, Ian Fulton. 40 years later, the building was physically deteriorating but the sense of community remained strong with a dozen residents expressing commitment to the building.
We were able to guide our long-term client Wesley Mission Queensland through the difficult decision of whether to demolish or redevelop by referring to the original drawings and exploring the possibilities for their site. With a shared vision, significant materials were saved from demolition and the neglected building was transformed into a valuable community asset.
The challenge was to create larger apartments within the existing structure on a restricted site. The new plan converted 5 x 1 bedroom units per floor, to 2 x 2 and 3 bedroom units per floor, offering more choice to residents. The enclosure of the western balconies resulted in light filled and well-ventilated units with city views.
The inclusion of resort style, mixed-use spaces at street level, including a pool, outdoor covered BBQ area, library and gym, encourage residents to interact with each other and their visitors.
Photographer: © Angus Martin | Elevation: © Fulton Trotter Architects