07 April 2011
Ryman Healthcare’s new Tauranga village will be named the Bob Owens Retirement Village, in honour one of the City’s most respected leaders.
"Sir Robert had an entrepreneurial flair, belief in hard work, a can-do attitude and tenacity. Combined, these qualities saw him build both a very successful company and also lead the Bay of Plenty region’s civic and business prosperity", said Ryman managing director Simon Challies. "They are qualities that we admire as a company, and we’re honoured to be able to name the village after Sir Robert."
The Bob Owens Retirement Village is designed in Ryman’s unique award-winning style, and will set a new benchmark for the quality of retirement living and resthome care in Tauranga.
Resource consent has been granted and construction works will commence later this month on the $100 million plus project.
"We are thrilled with the response we have received to date from the community," said Mr Challies. "We look forward to creating new jobs for local people during the construction phase, and on opening we expect to create up to 150 new permanent positions."
The Bob Owens Retirement Village will feature a full range of retirement living and care options including independent townhouse and apartment living, assisted living in serviced apartments, resthome, hospital and dementia care. On completion, the village will be home to up to 450 residents and will be Ryman’s 24th retirement village.
"Commencing work in Tauranga marks a lift in our build rate from 450 to at least 550 units or beds per annum," said Mr Challies, "to meet the strong demand we are experiencing for our services across the country."
The company recently acquired a site in Waikanae and is actively seeking a site for its first village in Australia.
Ryman is a six time winner of the Best Retirement Village in New Zealand, serves over 5,000 elderly New Zealanders, and employs over 2,500 staff.