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Responding to the growing need for appropriate seniors and aged care accommodation in regional areas, AJA has sought to create a village oriented character for this complex of independent living units (ILUs) for Parkes in western NSW. The ILUs, designed in a contemporary interpretation of the traditional homestead, are part of a larger seniors estate and the client, Southern Cross Care, was keen to achieve integration with the surrounding context along with operational efficiency and design for climatic benefits.

The 29 units in Stage 1 will be followed by a further 26 in Stage 2 and a 62 bed residential aged care facility, community hall and a chapel arranged around a village square to which the local community will also have access.