The residents of Wembley and surrounding areas are set to benefit from the opening of the newly completed Koh-I-Noor Contemporary Care facility. The Spine & Limb Foundation Inc. recently opened the $20 million facility, after a major redevelopment of the existing Koh-I-Noor site on the corner of Pangbourne and Ruislip Street in Wembley.
The new 80-bed facility will provide aged care services, including those requiring specialist dementia care, with an already strong waiting list of first residents expected to move in late April. It is estimated that Koh-I-Noor will employ the equivalent of 94 full-time staff at total operational capacity.
The Spine & Limb Foundation have operated their aged care facility on the corner of Ruislip and Pangbourne Street for the past 28 years and Executive Director Shane Yensch said “The Foundation is delighted to have reached a pivotal milestone.”
We can now ensure we are able to continue to provide local residents with access to high quality contemporary residential aged care which is an often overlooked, but critically important housing option within the local areaShane Yensch
The Foundation has an additional three facilities co-located in Bayswater, comprising of Camelia Court Retirement Village, Ritcher Lodge and Osboine Contemporary Aged Care.
Koh-I-Noor is the latest facility that the Spine & Limb Foundation has developed to date. Complimented by strong design, focussed on providing stimulating outdoor spaces and accommodation closely resembling an “at home” feel, Koh-I-Noor provides residents with quality care and affordability in mind.
Mr Todd Paterson, Director of KPA Architects said “The architecture responds to the specific residential context of Wembley at an appropriate scale. Internal courtyards and large windows bring natural light in throughout the building to all rooms. Internally, artistic imagery, natural materials and subtle colour has been used, with references to the local community. The intention is to evoke positive memories and for stories to be told. In turn, special opportunities to have a cup of tea, whilst sitting on the deck in the dappled sun light, these are the sort of moments we hope families will enjoy together.”
Koh-I-Noor required the controlled and considered redevelopment of what is a complex facility, so the Foundation engaged Project Manager, OP Properties from the outset to assist with stakeholder engagement, design development and commercial feasibility.
Director of OP Properties, Mr Luke Parker said “The combination of a rapidly ageing population and the Federal Government’s, ‘Living Longer, Living Stronger’ aged care reforms, are causing major structural changes within the aged care industry. As a result we are now seeing growth within the industry which is, thankfully, translating to desperately needed investment in the construction of new facilities such as Koh-I-Noor.”
Director Constructions for Pindan, Mark Thompson, said extensive experience delivering similar facilities, where the specifications require a highly specialised skill set, placed Pindan in an excellent position to meet the unique needs of the Spine & Limb Foundation.
“We have worked in consultation with the Foundation, OP Properties and KPA Architects to design and construct a state of the art residential scale facility that represents value to the client, ensured build-ability and has mitigated construction risk of what is a highly specialist area of construction.”