When Queensland aged care provider, Blue Care invited Smith + Tracey to assist them in the creation of a new aged care residential facility in Labrador, we leapt at the chance to show them how we value strategic alliances.
With a collaborative approach, the completed project realises all the fundamentals of quality aged care living. It offers comfort and security for residents while at the same time being inviting and assessable for visitors and staff
The result is a state-of-the-art 128-bed aged care facility presented architecturally in a Queenslander residential style. Large projecting eave lines, exposed framing, awnings, corrugated sheeting and shading screens are major features of the building and these sit comfortably within the surrounding suburban environment. The total project, which includes a 75-car basement carpark, has been constructed for $20 million dollars by Walton Constructions.
Large sliding glass doors provide access to upper level terraces and balconies which flow seamlessly off living areas and in doing so double the footprint of accessible activity zones. Large areas of glazing to these living areas and the glazed terrace balustrading provide transparency and lightness to the building and allow resident interaction across both levels.
All sustainable opportunities have been explored in the design with the key servicing elements being the rainwater harvesting tanks and plant (situated in the basement) that provide recycled water. This is used as flushing water to all toilets throughout the building and irrigation water to the garden beds. The primary goal of the landscape design was to create a friendlier and greener pedestrian environment. This was achieved by increasing the open space around the facility and providing extensive green areas within and around the perimeter of the facility that are self sustaining.
A large central courtyard creates a significant resident and visitor refuge, contained within this is a multi-purpose building that is the focus or ‘heart’ to the facility and accessible to all.
The Smith + Tracey interiors team has delivered an exemplary response to the brief that is both robust and modern. The neutral colour scheme and opulent palette of finishes render a subtle yet homely environment that complements the modern context of the architecture.
Our services included providing and installing all the furniture and finishing items that create a homely aesthetic in this very large facility. The completed project is a benchmark development for Blue Care and stands as a successful reference for other aged care facilities.
Awarded, AIA Awards 2010 QLD Charter Gold Coast Region
Winner of the Master Builders Awards for Health & Education Facilities over $20 Million & Project of the Year 2009