Braemar Presbyterian scoops prestigious industry award

Braemar Presbyterian Care's new $30 million aged care facility in Melville has been honoured with the 2016 award for Seniors Living at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) awards.

The prestigious award recognises projects that present a high standard of overall design, create a sense of place and have regard for an energy and water efficient lifestyle.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Glenn Muskett, said the organisation was delighted to be recognised by UDIA for the quality of its premium ‘hotel style’ facility, which was designed to provide much-needed accommodation and care for 108 of the community’s most frail residents, and which includes 33 beds in a specialist care unit.

“Braemar Presbyterian Care always strives to achieve the highest standards in everything we do and the team here is genuinely thrilled to receive this award,” Mr Muskett says.

“Cooinda represents a shift away from traditional low rise and isolated residential care facilities into more centralised and greater density locations; it is an example of higher density development located on a large inner suburban site with excellent transport links and we believe UDIA has recognised these attributes in bestowing us this respected award."
Glenn Muskett, Chief Executive, Braemar Presbyterian Care

“The development enables residents to remain located in the areas in which they may have lived and hence maintain strong connections with their local community.”

Cooinda - the Aboriginal word for ‘happy place’ - is located on the corner of Leach Highway and North Lake Road. It has been so-named to convey an atmosphere of caring, security and happiness.

“From the outset it was all about the residents and designing and creating a sense of place that they could call home and, above all, enjoy and be happy,” Mr Muskett adds.

Situated on a prominent site in Willagee, the facility was designed by T&Z Architects and built by Pindan Pty Ltd. The development required a rigorous master planning process, due to the site itself. A contemporary build was proposed for the development and throughout the facility high importance has been placed on providing multiple communal areas to create a homely environment for residents.

Furniture and accessories were chosen to compliment functionality, so residents could use and access spaces as they would in their own home.

Access to natural light and fresh air has also been highly considered, as has the use of plants for their sensory enjoyment.

The availability and access to public transport is a key feature and allows staff, residents their families and visitors to travel without the reliance on cars.

Significant design and building challenges including site access, parking and acoustics have been successfully resolved by the design team, and during the building process there was the requirement to incorporate an element of public art into the exterior of the building. The final design met both the local council requirements and enhanced outdoor spaces for residents.

The new facility offers single rooms with ensuite, large amenity spaces, around the clock on-site health professional care, private areas for families and friends to visit, a hairdressing salon and full on-site catering and laundry facilities.

The home spans four levels and includes a car parking level, office and services areas with two levels of 54 private rooms on each, with the fourth level dedicated to Braemar’s corporate offices.

The scale of the building creates a pivot point for future development along Leach Highway. It responds to the bulk of the car yards and retail development on the north side of the highway, thereby providing residents with engaging views of bustling community activites whilst maintaining suburban context to the east and south with sweeping views across landscaped parklands, and suburban homes where residents can enjoy a more peaceful outlook.

Braemar has served the community for more than 60 years with aged care facilities in East Fremantle, Willagee and Melville. The not-for-profit organisation has three residential facilities providing 220 residential places and 24 independent residences to seniors.

Media contact: Ruth Gourley, Shine Communications, 0434 330 384

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