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The Foundation Village

The Foundation Village


The Foundation, a new premium retirement village development, is a partnership between Blind Low Vision NZ (Formerly the Blind Foundation) and village operator and developer - Generus Living Group. Situated in the Foundation's historic precinct in Parnell, the village offers a premium location and offering while supporting the charity's long-term financial sustainability.

The village will combine superb design style with high end retirement apartments, upscale amenity and boutique care. The vision for the village is to create a world class haven for retirement to enjoy the twilight years with security, vitality and engagement.

Greenstone were brought on-board at the Concept Design stage prior to Resource Consent and were heavily involved in the Consent process. We are currently working on stages 1 and 2 of this development. The first stage known as ‘Building 1’ is due to be completed in second quarter 2023.

Building 1 is located on the north-eastern portion of the precinct with frontage to Parnell and Maunsell Roads. The first building comprises commercial office space on the ground floor with luxury residences on the upper levels.


A traditional design approach to the Village has been taken, including significant use of stone facades to complement the existing adjacent heritage buildings. Building 1 has been designed to respect and accommodate a very large and prominent Pōhutukawa tree located to the front of the site that will be retained as a feature of the development. The street front boundaries of the site will be landscaped with the building set back from both street frontages.

Currently, the project is in the early stages of the development but progressing well. A key challenge includes the neighbouring Heritage building and Birthcare Parnell who are both sensitive receivers of noise and vibration. A challenge our highly skilled Project Managers are well placed to handle.