Resthaven development poised to start

Pictured with the 3D model of the new development are Cambridge Resthaven Trust Board chair Kevin Monks, project and sales manager Sandra Fairhurst, Cambridge Resthaven CEO David Hall, and Chibnall Buckell Team Architects director Dominic Buckell.

A new multi-stage development at Cambridge Resthaven is one step closer with building consent granted by Waipā District Council.

The four-storey development at Cambridge Resthaven in Vogel St will comprise 77 apartments, a café, shop, library and recreational areas. The studio, one and two-bedroom apartments will be situated around a central courtyard and gardens, and first-floor apartments will have a balcony. The first stage, incorporating 33 apartments and a shop, is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The intention is to provide an environment where residents live as they would in their own home, supported as their needs change and effectively removing the ‘institutionalised’ aspect of traditional resthome care.

Cambridge Resthaven CEO David Hall said the traditional model of resthome care no longer suits everyone.

“People want other options for their retirement years, including being able to live as independently as possible, but with help at hand. We know one size doesn’t fit all, and with supported living apartments we can offer greater choice for people in Cambridge.”


The apartments will be purchased on an Occupational Right Agreement (ORA) basis, featuring Resthaven’s inbuilt shared capital gain philosophy. Residents will be able to select from three support packages.

Mr Hall said current residents will be able to remain during the development, and rooms at Resthaven on Burns Care Centre in Leamington will continue to be offered.

Cambridge Resthaven differs from most retirement villages in that it is a community-focused charitable trust that channels its income into supporting community needs while ensuring it offers a wide range of options.

The new development comes as Cambridge Resthaven marks its 50th year. Mr Hall said the build would future-proof the organisation and ensure it remained relevant.

“We are developing the oldest part of the Resthaven complex. It is the original building that was completed 50 years ago,” he said. “The naming of our buildings will reflect our history, and the first building in stage one will be named in recognition of the Hanlin sisters whose generous bequest was instrumental in establishing Cambridge Resthaven 50 years ago.”

Work on the new development will start in the new year.

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