Five Out of Five for Acacia Cove

Five apartments have just been completed in Acacia Cove. -all of which have just achieved a Lifemark® 5-Star Certification.
Acacia Cove has a total of 215 villas and now 15 apartments in its village complex in Wattle downs, Auckland. As a retirement village Acacia Cove wants to provide great quality of life for its residents. Acacia cove gives its residents a social community feel, with bowling greens, snooker table, craft room and indoor pools, providing great opportunities for residents to mix and mingle. The five newly completed apartments are situated 50 metres away from the Village centre.

Acacia Cove understands that its residents require dwellings where they can live safely and independently. Universal Design provides this. Acacia Cove decided applying Universal Design best accessibility practice was of high importance. We spoke to Village Manager Bruce Cullington about working with Lifemark® on this project.

How did you first hear about Lifemark® and Universal Design?

Bruce first heard about Lifemark® at an RVA Conference 6 or 7 years ago. We were considering a number of building options at the time and it seemed important to take on board the suggestion made to make sure that what we were constructing was age appropriate.
How long have you been working with Lifemark® on this development?
Acacia Cove have been working with Lifemark® for three of their latest development projects. Acacia Cove knows that Lifemark® Universal Design outcomes are most desirable and have worked with the team at Lifemark® to best meet these.


Why have you chosen to meet a Lifemark® 5-Star Certification with your apartments?
Acacia Cove caters to our ageing population, with the average age of entry being 72 years old. As people grow older they can lose key mobility functions. So it is extremely important for retirement dwellings to cater to the requirements of an ageing population.
What Benefits will your clients get from you implementing Universal Design in your Apartments?
Bruce said providing clients with easy access to showers and toilets was one of the main reasons why Acacia cove choose to implement Universal Design in the five apartments.

Fat Parrot are the Architects who designed the Acacia Cove apartments. They are a kiwi owned architectural firm based in Albany, Auckland, founded in 1999. Fat Parrot is a Lifemark® Design Partner and have been for seven years. We also spoke to the Director of Fat Parrot, John Borsboom, about working with us on Acacia Cove.

How was it working with the team at Lifemark® in the design and build stage of this development?
It was easy. The Lifemark® team were friendly and helpful and suggested ways to help the design achieve a Lifemark® 5-Star rating.

How did you find it meeting the Lifemark® 5-star standards for certification?
It wasn’t difficult at all because we involved Lifemark® and the Lifemark® principles early in the process the design just flowed.
Would you recommend Lifemark® to other architectural practices designing new builds?
Absolutely, it’s a straightforward process and the Lifemark® 5-Star Certification is something prospective buyers in a retirement village are looking out for. It reassures prospective residents their future needs are thought about and catered for and for those reasons it helps with marketing and sales. Win – Win.



We are proud to have worked with Acacia Cove and Fat Parrot on this development. We hope the residents of the apartments live happily and comfortably in these spaces which are now designed to suit them for life. Well done Acacia Cove and Fat Parrot on achieving a Lifemark® 5-Star Certification!


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