The Archbishop Duhig Centre Holland Park is the result of an extensive master plan review by ABM Architects. Important elements of the master plan were to increase the number of aged care opportunities, prevent existing resident displacement and provide retirement options for the local area.
At that time (2009), Brisbane City Council were pioneering their vision to increase density in ring suburbs around the CBD allowing local residents to remain in their local communities as they age. ABM Architects incorporated this influence into the master plan, resulting in an approved 5 stage development incorporating co-location of residential aged care and retirement accommodation.
The increased densities required adept site planning to not adversely affect site amenity. ABM Architects implemented a vertical program that was rarely seen in Brisbane at that time to achieve this. This included ground floor community facilities and 136 residential aged care beds over 4 levels arranged to take advantage of the site’s unique natural vegetation and proximity to adjacent Ray Lynch Park and the local library.
Brisbane City Council promoted this project in a news reel on Channel 7 news as an exemplary project.