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Crown Group’s new vision for Eastlakes Live highlights intergenerational living

08 Oct, 19

Crown Group’s latest vision for its Eastlakes Live project could allow multiple generations of families to live together in an exciting future-designed community in Eastlakes, NSW.

At its heart would be a sophisticated new retail precinct with services designed to cater to all age groups including the possibility of a proposed 24-hour medical centre, a childcare centre, co-working space and community library.

There will also be a shopping precinct with specialty food and retail, chemist, supermarkets and dining outlets.

Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, explained that the new concept for living in Sydney’s east was in an early ideation phase.

He said that it would address the growing need for communities where people can have convenient access to childcare and also live close to their ageing parents without feeling the need to send them to a retirement village.

“We as architects need to do more than just create buildings and homes,” Mr Sunito said.

“We are creating better places for people to live and interact – redesigning society, so to speak, so our residents can be happier in life.”

“What we found is that in Sydney, there are no developers addressing the need for 24-hour medical care, which is critical to people as they age and to those with small children.”

“Homebuyers today need a place where security, shopping and medical care is at the fore and that is a concept we are considering for Eastlakes. We are also looking at the possibility of dedicating one residential tower to long-term leasing,” Mr Sunito commented.

Dr Pankaj Arora, CEO & Founder of WiSE Special Emergency, Walk-In Specialist Emergency Clinic at Macquarie Park, said he was looking at the possibility of rolling out the WiSE model at Eastlakes Live by Crown Group, to service the new community and the wider eastern and southern suburbs area.

“The WiSE model is a community based acute care service which fills a big gap in Australia’s health care offering,” Dr Aurora said.

“WiSE has run a successful offering at Macquarie Park since 2017, which has provided great value to the community in terms of people not having to wait in emergency departments or be admitted to hospitals for conditions that do not need hospital admissions.”

“The provision of 24-hour acute care and allied services at Eastlakes would be an Australia-first, enabling different age groups to live together in this intergenerational community model. There would be no need to go in and out of hospitals so much and you can keep your parents close to you.”

Architecture firm, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), created the overall design of Eastlakes Live by Crown Group.

They were inspired by the concept of bringing together vibrant urban lifestyles and natural landscapes, with spaces that welcome visitors to the outdoors.

Modified designs for stage two of the project were submitted to Bayside Council in June and are pending approval.

Construction began on stage one in 2018 and is expected to be completed in early 2021.

Stage one will comprise three buildings on the north side of the development, with a total 133 spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments including four luxurious penthouses.

It will also have a 2800sqm retail area below, offering 12 outlets including two new supermarkets with produce reflecting the cultural mix of the neighbourhood, a bakery, butcher and chemist.

Leading architectural and master-planning design firm, Buchan, has conceptualised the retail spaces, making the town centre a destination in itself, offering outdoor spaces for families with water ponds and play areas, a central courtyard and walkways creating a connection between the residential buildings, the shopping and dining precincts and the local park.

Director of Buchan, Phil Schoutrop, commented that the development would provide an exciting addition for Sydney in mixed-use developments, offering a diverse offering of retail and Food & Beverage choices at street level combined with a variety of residential choices at the top to form a complete community-focused development.

“The park will become the focal point and the main attraction – it will form the backyard for the on-site community and the locals alike,” Mr Schoutrop said.

Mr Sunito concluded by stating that he wanted to create central spaces that create community, for all ages.

“At its heart we envision a sharing library and bookstore where people can gather and co-work or study, and it becomes a sharing platform for everyone,” he said.

Beyond that, he wants to see a unique marketplace created.

“Eastlakes has always been famous for its fresh food offerings and diversity of cultures – we have customers who come from all over Sydney to the Stolichniy Minimart because it has one of the best Russian grocery offerings and our Turkish shops reflect the traditions of the area, which we will strengthen by creating a spice market that will be one of the best Turkish offerings in Australia. The shopping centre will offer a community like no other in Australia.”

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