SPH were engaged by Curtin Care in partnership with Grounds Kent Architects to design and construct a new aged care and retirement living facility in Cottesloe. Stage one involved the masterplan of the Wearne Cottesloe site. The design aims to be high-end, resort style, with facilities that encourage community engagement and enhance the lives of those living within the facility. The new design will also pay homage to the existing heritage buildings on the site. The new development will be the first of its kind in Western Australia and act as a benchmark for future projects, incorporating 128 residential aged care beds and 70 independent living apartments.
CHALLENGES: The project required a local development plan; however, the site is owned across 4x local councils, and is located within a highly vocal community. As such an extensive community consultation process was completed, specialist planning advice was developed, and the site development plan was workshopped with stakeholders to deliver a successful outcome. The site also had major heritage requirements and had been redeveloped numerous times over its life. We worked with the heritage consultant to embrace the heritage requirements within the design and provide them as a focal point. This satisfied the community, paid respect to history and protected the heritage building for future generations.