Southern Cross Care placed their trust in Ethos Urban to prepare a master plan, urban design report, social strategy, and social impact assessment in support of a planning proposal for the redevelopment of the Cardinal Gilroy Village (CGV) seniors living development.

Southern Cross Care has operated CGV since 1973 and sought to redevelop the site to future-proof its operation in this location and to create a better environment with better services for residents. 

The rezoning will allow an upgrade of the facility from the current 236 independent living units (ILUs) and 123-bed residential aged care facility (RACF) to 460 ILUs and 148-bed RACF. A Development Control Plan (DCP) has also been approved alongside the planning proposal to ensure the established master plan principles are retained.

While the planning proposal aims to increase the density, the amount of open space has been retained and consolidated to create better and more user-friendly open spaces which are distinct in range and in their characteristics. The additional dwellings also free up underutilised housing stock for older residents who relocate to CGV which will assist with affordability and housing stock in general. 

The master plan considers future possibilities of intergenerational learning and contributes actively to the urban context, providing amenity and services to the surrounding residents. It presents an opportunity to provide a modern and integrated community and offers contemporary retirement living opportunities for residents to age in place. 

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Southern Cross Care


Merrylands West, NSW


Stefan Meissner

Stefan Meissner

Director | Sydney