$80m retirement complex for Wigram

04:07, Jun 26 2014
Wigram retirement
An artist's impression of a villa at the Lady Wigram Retirement Village.

An $80 million retirement complex is to be built inside Christchurch's Wigram Skies subdivision.

The complex will go on 5.7 hectares of land near the Wigram Air Force Museum and be called Lady Wigram Retirement Village. Work on the project will begin in August, with the first units ready a year later. 

The development will include a rest home, hospital, dementia unit and individual units.

There will be 154 retirement villas and apartments with one or two bedrooms, plus 100 care beds.

Amenities will include a swimming pool and spa pool, gym, bowling greens, theatre and hair salon.

The developer and owner is Golden Healthcare Group, the biggest privately-owned aged care company in New Zealand.


Golden Healthcare Group is owned by Christchurch businessmen John Tooby.

Its six existing retirement complexes are all in Christchurch, with rest homes, retirement villas and dementia units in Papanui, Woolston, Somerfield and Hillmorton.

Together they have about 300 residents and 200 staff. Tooby said the new complex was intended to be attractive and handy to other parts of Wigram Skies. 

"This is a very exciting project for us - the first time we have constructed a new retirement village from scratch,'' he said.

Golden Healthcare Group bought the land for the complex from Ngai Tahu Property, which has developed the residential subdivision on the old Wigram airbase.

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