As the number of older New Zealanders grow and their life expectancy extends, there is an increased demand for well designed, high quality accommodation for that sector.
Fergusson Retirement Village, designed by McKenzie Higham Architects, provides 50 comfortable, energy-efficient retirement apartments. Our design considered the same principles we would for any residence – they are warm, comfortable and engaging spaces. The individual apartments relate both to the broader Upper Hutt community and to the local village, enabling independent living in a supported environment. They offer facilities that are fully accessible and respect the needs of an aging demographic.
The three-storey complex built by Maycroft Construction, is a significant addition to the housing stock of Upper Hutt on a high profile site located on the city's main street. This is a large building, articulated to convey a recognisable residential narrative with forms and materials that are inherently domestic. The comfortable one and two bedroom apartments open on to sunny balconies with great views over the northern Hutt Valley. A sense of community is built around spacious dining and social spaces that open to a generous enclosed landscaped courtyard.
Quality and sustainability were core principles in the design of the apartments and shared areas. The village owners BUPA are currently seeking a Homestar 6-Star accreditation for the development.