Following the decision to proceed with the Kiama Hospital redevelopment without the sell-off of land, the plans for the Centre for Aged Care Excellence are taking shape.
Clare Rogers, Director Community Services at Council says the DA is expected to be lodged with Kiama Council at the end of July or early August. They will be then forwarded to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for approval, which is expected to take 2-3 months.
All being well, the Aged Care Facility is expected to be ready for occupation in April 2018. Construction of the independent living units will be a second stage, expected to commence around July 2018.
There will be a formal public exhibition of the plans, including a scale model, after the DA has been lodged.
The plans have not changed in any major way since last published in The Bugle, but have been rounded out. “The design has been modified to address operational issues and make sure it is as effective as possible within cost restraints,” says Ms Rogers.
These include adding a central arcade, with a small café area, hairdresser, GP room and a wellness centre for exercise, and
including offices for Community Services.
Council will be undertaking pre-construction work until mid 2016, which is when the Area Health Service is due to have relocated the inpatients and completed the new Community Health building. Demolition will then be able to commence of the main hospital building.
Historic Barroul House will be emphasized as part of the development, with an original circular driveway being reinstated for
pedestrians entering the front of the building, and the overall plan for the site being sympathetic to its significance on the site. It will house a café and areas for meetings.
Council recently held a public meeting where its architects, planner and landscape architect were available to explain the plans and answer questions.
The Aged Care Facility will have 134 individual beds, 32 of which will be in secure dementia. The other beds will allow residents to remain in the same room, even if their care needs change.
There will also be 16 assisted living units and 51 two bedroom independent living units.