Scalabrini Village, a leading residential aged care provider, awarded the construction of the facility to Hansen Yuncken in May 2015. This challenging development incorporated design and care principles that will support and enrich the lives of those living with dementia or a complex care need.
In this state-of-the-art village the residents are provided with a classic, Italian-style environment which features a piazza, surrounding gardens, casual eateries with alfresco-style seating, exercise common areas, retail shops and a chapel. These unique aspects provide innovative spatial areas and sensory experiences with therapeutic intent, contributing towards the important goal of improving the livelihoods of residents, families and staff.
Built over 5 levels, the village is made up of 9 households, known as Casa’s, each accommodating 6-18 private rooms. All bedrooms come with a private en-suite and offer striking views of the village garden and grounds, with some rooms benefiting from a balcony and magnificent views of the Parramatta River. Each household contain a fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge and two dining rooms with generous social spaces for the residents and their visitors.
Considering the highly complex needs of the future occupants, the project team has successfully constructed one of Australia’s most advanced, technology-enabled residential aged care facilities for people living with dementia. Specific and unique products were employed, such as Readywall formwork system for basement walls, Elsi sensor flooring, Dali lighting with circadian rhythm programming, HLS Patient lifters and Patient tracking technology. The complex also offers a specialist wellness centre with expert physiotherapists and health professionals on hand.
Throughout the two-year project journey, the project team managed an 11month ECI period, early works construction management services and main works, as well as the demolition of the Old Drummoyne Boys High School, including HAZMAT remediation and retention of existing façade elements.
A strong relationship was vital to the success of this project. The team effectively managed open communication and transparency between all parties including multiple neighbouring properties with highly sensitive requirements. In addition, the project team worked closely with Scalabrini Villages in planning, programming and delivering the facility in accordance with their defined “Key Project Success Factors.”
The project, which reached completion on Friday 16th March, was awarded the Best Aged Care Facility at the annual Australian Healthcare Week Excellence Awards.