PACT Construction has begun work on Bethanie’s $58 million world-class residential care facility in Gwelup.
Designed specifically for Dementia and High Care residents, the brand new facility will combine low care accommodation, high care facilities and the new Scarborough Church of Christ building to create an inclusive retirement village located at the prominent corner of Karrinyup and Huntriss roads.
The aged care facility features three separate buildings encasing 112 high care bedrooms (with a provision for dementia care), 62 luxury independent living apartments overlooking Lake Gwelup, parklands and reserves, as well as one and two bedroom apartments. All apartments occupy only a single level to meet adaptable housing standards.
The external building façade reflects the quality found within, beautifully blending a complementary mix of materials including face brick, rendered brick, stonework, metal faceted fences and Colorbond roofing. The church will be constructed utilising a variety of building materials also incorporating precast panelling.
Designed to offer residents an easy lock-and-leave lifestyle, the project also requires PACT to compliment the village accommodation with a range of social amenities and leisure options. From recreation rooms, to a hairdresser, gymnasium, sitting and library rooms, parking and other general facilities (some of which will be found in the development’s two inviting rooftop terraces). These exciting facilities are designed to keep Bethanie Gwelup residents engaged, active and entertained.
Jason Kunkler, General Manager of PACT Construction, was thrilled to get construction underway.
"PACT Construction is very pleased to be working with Bethanie and Scarborough Church of Christ to deliver this landmark project,” he enthused.
“We will work collaboratively with them both to ensure this project is delivered to meet their expectations to the highest possible standard, on time and within their respective budgets.”
The facility marks an exciting achievement in the history of WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care and retirement living provider, which spans over six decades. Mr Chris How, Bethanie CEO, was excited to see Bethanie’s vision finally coming to fruition.
“We’ve been working on the design of Bethanie Gwelup for many years, with our major focus to create an engaging and vibrant community in Perth’s northern suburbs. With construction commencing, we’re able to move towards making this new lifestyle a reality.”
Once completed, the Bethanie Gwelup project will be at the forefront of modern aged care and retirement living design. Inspired by the best features of world-class facilities and buildings around the globe, the facility is exclusively tailored to the special needs of Dementia and High Care residents - both now and into the future.
Resident feedback also had a large influence on the final design, which appears to be paying dividends. Despite being only in the early stages of construction, the facility is already proving highly popular with 50% of the luxury independent living apartments now sold off the plan.
Mr How believes a collaborative approach is the key to successful modern design. “Gone is the mindset of ‘build it and they will come’,” he said.
PACT is staging construction of the facility over 74 weeks. Having successfully completed expansion works at Dryandra Hostel a residential and community care centre in Kellerberrin, Mr Kunkler believes PACT is well placed to again exceed expectations.
“We are extremely excited by the opportunities and challenges presented at the site’s highly visible location, and look forward to future residents taking ownership of the fantastic new facilities upon completion,” he said.