Early start on Wembley aged-care plan

Pindan has started work on a $20 million, 81-bed aged-care facility in Wembley – the latest of its “early contractor involvement” projects.

The idea, according to Pindan business development manager James Allingame, is to avoid “price shock” for clients who may not have been aware of design modifications or alternative materials that could have been used for greater functionality or to better manage the budget.

The 5754sqm development to be called Koh I Noor is on the corner of Ruislip and Pangbourne Street, on a 3822spm site.

The Spine and Limb Foundation, which has demolished the 2½ storey aged-care home it has operated there for the past 27 years, will offer a specialist dementia unit in the newest of its four aged-care homes.

The others, in Bayswater, are Camelia Court Retirement Village, Richter Lodge and Osboine Contemporary Aged Care.

Spine and Limp Foundation executive director Shane Yensch said the Wembley aged-care home, to be finished in mid-2018, was a “critically important housing option within the local area”.

Mr Yensch said that because the project was complex, the foundation started working with project manager OP Properties 18 months ago to work with its stakeholders on the best possible design as well as commercial feasibility.

OP Properties Luke Parker said the rapidly ageing population and the Federal Government’s aged care reforms were causing big changes in the industry. He said growth was finally translating into desperately needed investment in construction.

Project architect and KPA Architects director Todd Paterson said the low-scale building and leafy surrounds would ensure the aged-care home complemented the residential character of the local area.

The Koh I Noor Contemporary Care facility, with specialist dementia care, will be built over two storeys, have basement car parking, internal laundry, kitchen, activity areas, courtyards and external landscaping.

It had been carefully designed to be warm and inviting, Mr Paterson said.

Working with the foundation, OP Properties and KPA Architects had mitigated construction risk in a highly specialised area.

Nick Allingame, Director, Pindan Developments

“It’s in our interests to get the job done as cost-efficiently as possible and on budget,” he said. “We want our clients to get the best bang for their buck.”

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