Residential Aged Care + Senior Living Community
UPA North Coast
(United Protestant Association)
The redevelopment of Richmond Lodge doubled the facility’s aged care capacity through the addition of a new 30 bed wing, while also significantly enhancing opportunities for social connectivity and community interaction within the site.
Richmond Lodge Aged Care is located in the small regional town of Casino. Fulton Trotter Architects worked with United Protestant Association North Coast to adapt, modernise and expand the existing facility. The design philosophy of ‘making a place for joy’ encouraged a high level of involvement from key stakeholders and residents in detailed user group workshops which further informed the final design.
The scheme focussed largely on the creation of spaces that enhance opportunities for community interaction. A ‘community street’ connects new accommodation at the rear of the site with the refurbished facilities at the front. A number of shop-like facilities span its length including a gym, wellness centre, hobby room, library and hairdresser.
Existing residential wings were updated with fresh interior finishes, ample natural light and outlooks to gardens and courtyards to improve the quality of care and amenity afforded to residents, families and staff. Passive solar design including verandahs and deep overhangs responds to the local climate and maximises north-facing natural light while limiting direct summer sun.
This project allowed UPA to improve both their facility and service operations to better meet the needs of Casino’s elderly community.
Perspectives + Plan: © Fulton Trotter Architects