Innovation in design, technology and marketing in retirement villages has been recognised by a new awards program run by the Retirement Living Council as part of its National Summit.

The awards combine two long-running industry programs with four brand new categories showcasing achievement in design, marketing, innovation and refurbishment.

The  2017 winners were announced at the National Summit held on the Gold Coast last week:

Programmed Award for Village Manager of the Year – Terry Byway,  manager of Lendlease’s Buderim Gardens Retirement Village on the Sunshine Coast. He has worked as a retirement village manager since 2010, using his invaluable leadership and team building skills from the police force and army to great effect in village communities.

nettletontribe Award for Design Excellence – St Luke’s Green in Brisbane, for a retirement and residential aged care home centred around a church. Greengate’s innovative approach has reinvigorated the parish and delivered new economic benefits to the church and immediate surrounds.

Wise Agency Award for Marketing Excellence – The Village Retirement Group, for its partnership with Anglicare to sell Brisbane’s The Village Taigum. The marketing campaign was highly commended for demographic research that targeted a significant population living within six kilometres of the Taigum site.

Ingenia Communities Future Retirement Living Leader of the Year – Ryan Lane Lendlease’s regional development manager for NSW and the ACT was commended for his innovative design skills and talent for relationship building with residents.

CSR Hebel Award for Innovation – Bethanie Gwelup Aged Care and Assisted Living Campus in Western Australia for its use of technology.

Ignite Architects Award for Best Refurbishment – Stockland’s Somerton Park Retirement Village in Adelaide, which was originally constructed in the 1970s for war widows.