Work begins for retirement

A sprawling seven-hectare retirement village is on the cards for Kaiapoi, with the first stage earmarked for completion this year. The large scale development is just the latest aged care facility to pop up in the region, as developers respond to the demand of our aging populations.



When finished, the impressive settlement will include 76 independent living villas, 267 apartments, 48 residential care beds and 36 memory care beds.

Named The Sterling, the project is in the Silverstream Subdivision in Kaiapoi and is being developed by Lime Living Limited.

Lime Living is established by Alan Edwards, Fred Rahme and Jack Lin who have backgrounds in aged care, urban planning and residential development.

The project is designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Marchese Partners, which has more than 15 years of experience creating award-winning, landmark aged care facilities throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Consent applications submitted to Waimakariri District Council last year showed the proposed complex to be five storeys – the tallest in the region – and included 285 basement carparks as well as a spa, hydrotherapy, hair salon, physio, medical hub, gym, outdoor patio areas and a BBQ area.

Architectural renderings also show five storeyed buildings, as well as slick on-trend design elements like exposed timber cladding and architectural tray, spacious balconies and ample shared-use green space.

The Sterling is set to be built in seven stages, the first beginning soon and welcoming residents in the second half of the year. The first stage will incorporate 18 villas, a temporary community centre along with the main reserve and green spaces.

Meanwhile, fellow aged care developer Summerset Group has purchased land to build a nine-hectare development nearby in Rangiora for over 300 independent homes.

The main building of Summerset’s Casebrook development also opened in March, with 88 percent of accommodation offerings pre-sold.

Stage 2 of Arvida’s Park Lane in central Christchurch is also set to open this year with 79 apartments, making it one of the largest multi-storey mass buildings in New Zealand.


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