IRT Group in the Running for Top Retirement Living Award

24 July 2019
Parkside at IRT Pioneer Place Retirement Village

Parkside at IRT Pioneer Place in Wollongong is a finalist in the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Awards for Excellence in Retirement Living 2019.

Designed to make retirement an opportunity to live life to the full, Parkside is a vibrant over 55s retirement community located in the heart of the Wollongong CBD. The architect-designed apartments offer comfortable, relaxed living with the best of city life right on the doorstep.

IRT Group is among four finalists in the running to be named the best retirement living development in NSW. The award recognises retirement communities that provide particular attention to the needs of active retirees over 55.

IRT Executive General Manager – Retirement Villages, Stig Andersen says that Parkside was designed to promote connected city living for seniors.

“We wanted to ensure the design of Parkside helps combat social isolation, which is often a challenge for seniors, by making sure residents feel connected with Wollongong City.

“It’s within easy walking distance to Wollongong’s major shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, alfresco restaurants and the café precinct; with Wollongong Harbour, WIN Entertainment Centre and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre also nearby.

“Utopia Coffee House, the on-site café, is open to the public to encourage residents’ day-to-day contact with the broader community.”

Communal barbecues, a resident lounge and common garden areas are all intended to enable residents to socialise with one another or host visiting friends and family.

A concierge further helps to create a community atmosphere, working with residents on an events calendar. Happy hour, public holiday get-togethers, Tai Chi, movies, card games and bus trips are all on the agenda.

“Parkside is the new face of retirement living in Wollongong and we are proud of the great lifestyle opportunities it offers to over 55s in our community,” Mr Andersen said.

The winner of the UDIA NSW Award for Excellence in Retirement Living will be announced on 2 August 2019 at The Star in Pyrmont.


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