ECH is thrilled to be announced as a national finalist in the 2024 National Retirement Living Awards, celebrating high achievement across all parts of the retirement living sector.


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Category: Award for Best Redevelopment – Not for profit
Entry: ECH Encore Apartments
Finalists List:


The ECH Encore Apartments in Modbury is approx. 15kms Northeast of Adelaide and amalgamates modern living with a strong sense of community, addressing a vital aspect of ageing gracefully at any stage. The overall experience is thoughtfully curated through an array of upscale amenities, including a community garden, gym (wellness centre), on-site café facilities, and a community hall, to elevate our residents’ lifestyles.

ECH Chief Executive Claire Scapinello said, “it is an honour to be recognised as a National Finalist and no matter what happens next, we remain grateful to be included with this group of talented developers for the retirement living sector.

“The project’s unique approach, built to Gold Liveable Housing Design Standards has a focus on providing independence and community and includes fostering intergenerational connections, reflecting an innovative and inclusive approach to housing that goes beyond the typical guidelines.”

“After making the commitment to develop on the Smart Road site, ECH sought to engage with key project partners and it was the early establishment of these partnerships, as well as ECH’s trust and support to deliver their vision, that set the team up for success.”

ECH thanks:

  • Walter Brooke Architects
  • Aplin Cook Gardner Architects
  • Sarah Construction
  • SA Montessori (Echoes Montessori)
  • DSquared Sustainability
  • Elevation (Way Finding Specialists)



Resident Satisfaction of Village Facilities

The integration of an SA Montessori – Early Learning Centre on site has created a wonderful community of ‘Grandfriends’ and our younger community members, with residents involved in the day-to-day life and learning within the shared community spaces.

Industry/Community Perception

This vertical retirement village was the first-of-its-kind and features 77 two-bedroom independent living apartments as well as a Montessori Early Learning Centre on the ground floor for inter-generational interaction.

Quality of Design and Finish

Architecturally the approach is to welcome pedestrian movement from the street level and open to a generous lobby space that acts as a ‘town square’ and concierge point for the whole development. The form gesture is deliberately angular to direct attention to the entry and to provide a sense of expanding presence to Smart Road. This approach translates to the Southern ILU building.

Best Practice Design Guidelines

All residences meet Liveable Housing Design Guidelines – Gold Standard, enabling residents to age in place.




ECH is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enable people to have the best possible life as they age. Supporting more than 15,000 South Australians, ECH is one of the largest integrated providers of retirement village accommodation and ageing care services in South Australia. ECH is proud to have been the first South Australian independent village operator to attain Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accreditation; meeting the standards set by the International Retirement Community Accreditation Scheme. These standards include high levels of safety and quality, good governance, environmental sustainability and a genuine commitment to continuous quality improvement across all retirement villages.


The Retirement Living Council plays a critical role in the ongoing growth and sustainability of the retirement living industry. It is the only national organisation solely focused on advocating on the critical issues facing housing and services for older Australians, supporting and promoting members and the retirement living industry at large. The Retirement Living Council is a national division of the Property Council.


The Property Council of Australia is the leading advocate for Australia’s biggest industry and biggest employer – property. Our industry represents 13% of Australia’s GDP, employs 1.4 million Australians (more than mining and manufacturing combined) and secures the future of 14.8 million Australians who have a financial stake in property through their super funds. The Property Council champions the interests of more than 2,200 member companies that represent the full spectrum of the industry, including those who invest, own, manage and develop in all sectors of property, creating landmark projects and environments where people live, work, shop and play.

Posted: December 22, 2023