Botanic building blazes brightly

An artist’s impression of the social hub under construction at The Botanic.

The brightly-lit building that is drawing the attention of drivers on Hibiscus Coast Highway in the evening is probably The Clubhouse – the latest addition to The Botanic Silverdale retirement village.

The Clubhouse, currently under construction, is designed to be the social heart of the village, which is located behind the park ‘n’ ride. 

It will include a café, lounge, bar, dining space and barbeque area and will serve as the community hub for retirees and their families. The Clubhouse will be 403sqm when completed.

The construction team often leave the lights on at night and The Botanic sales agent, Michelle Pipping, says many curious commuters have asked about the large, glass-fronted building that they spotted from the highway.

She says the lights are likely to get even brighter for the grand-opening.

Brian Oakes, a new resident at The Botanic, is a master at lighting. When he moved from Warkworth with his wife, Sue, he came equipped with an impressive Christmas light collection which he has used to decorate their home for many years.

“Brian told us about this amazing Christmas light display that he would put on every year, and the money he raised, he would donate to Hospice,” Michelle says.

Those lights are expected to be put to good use when The Clubhouse has its official opening, expected to be in spring. 

Michelle says the village’s 70 residents are eagerly waiting for the facility to throw open its doors. Happy Hour is already scheduled in for Thursday nights.

Once completed, The Botanic Silverdale will offer 82 villas and 383 apartments for independent living, and an aged care home with 48 suites. In time, it will also provide highly specialised memory care suites.

The building has attracted attention at night.