Fancutts Retirement Living Project

39 Laura Street, Lutwyche

In 2017, RetireAustralia received approval from Brisbane City Council to build a vertical retirement community, offering a mix of independent living and care apartments, in Lutwyche. The land was the home of the former Fancutts Tennis Centre and Coaching Academy.

Due to COVID and market changes, the project was paused. RetireAustralia used this time to revise their plans to ensure they reflect the future needs of residents, while incorporating the latest thinking in integrating care and independent living for ageing Australians.

The revised plan will include 253 apartments across three architecturally designed buildings, accommodating on average 1.3 residents per apartment. In addition, there will be a 12-suite care hub which is a boutique, higher acuity care environment with a nurse-led team on site 24/7. Furthermore, the amended plans see 46.3% of the site dedicated to outdoor communal space.

RetireAustralia lodged amended plans with the Brisbane City Council in July 2023.


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At a glance

  • 253 independent living apartments across three architecturally designed buildings
  • Home Care services available to residents in their apartments and a 12-suite care hub specifically designed for higher acuity care
  • Two stories of basement carparks, providing 259 carparks
  • 54.3% of the site dedicated to purpose-built, communal & recreation spaces for the residents and visitors

Meet a growing need

Fancutts Retirement Village will provide an attractive retirement living option for people in Lutwyche, surrounding areas and those moving to the area. It will help meet the pressing need for retirement living housing options in Lutwyche and its immediate surrounds, with high growth forecast for the 65-years plus population.

Fancutts Retirement Village will increase housing options for the ageing population and support Brisbane City Council to meet their goal to increase the supply of housing options for our ageing population by 50 per cent by 2027.

Source: Demand for Seniors and Frail Aged Accommodation, O’Hara Wells report January 2023.

From the Fancutt family

The Fancutt family are very pleased that the site of our former family tennis centre was purchased by RetireAustralia and very much support their development of a retirement village for the local community. The site is a place where my parents, champion tennis players Trevor and Daphne, spent many happy years establishing their world famous Fancutts Tennis Centre and raising us, their three sons, all the way up to joining them as Wimbledon players.

Over the years people from all over the world came and played tennis at Fancutts. This included tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Ivan LendI and Steffi Graf, and global A-list celebrities such as actor Charlton Heston and singers as diverse as Kenny Rodgers, Cliff Richard and Iron Maiden.

However, our fondest memories are the local players who enjoyed playing at the centre and especially the young players we coached, many of whom went on to Wimbledon or fabulous tennis scholarships at American universities.

When the centre sadly became economically unviable, we were lucky to have RetireAustralia buy the property. In a complicated sale they were both marvellous and gracious in dealing with my elderly parents. Given the likelihood that many of our former players or pupils, or even one of us, might well end up as residents one day, this made us very happy.

It gave us a nice feeling of optimism knowing that the site will become a retirement community and continue the wonderful legacy of serving the local community.

Charlie Fancutt

Fancutts House

Fancutts House now takes pride of place in the sports precinct at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School.

It is a fitting location given that it is the former home of Australian tennis identities Daphne and Trevor Fancutt.

The house was kindly donated to us by RetireAustralia in 2019 and was relocated from the Fancutts Retirement Village site.

We spent a lot of time restoring the home and turning it into a bit of a museum, which is now full of old school photos and memorabilia.

Fancutts House is frequently used by students, teachers, parents and even our alumni. We’ve had dinners and cocktail events there, and the Year 7 and 8 students often use it for their ‘quiet days’ where they enjoy time on the verandah and out in the surrounding gardens.

We are grateful for the donation of Fancutts House, which has become a real focal point of the St Aidan’s community.

Julia McKenna
Director of Development and Community
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda

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