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Lodge Construction Project

Background

Banksia Lodge Sensory Garden

This project will see the transition of the eastern wing of Banksia Lodge into two small households, with eleven residents in each and a central cafe and common area, connected to the beautiful outdoor spaces of the sensory garden.

Transition to a small house model of care is central to Banksia’s strategic plan and is consistent with the Royal Commission’s recommendations, government reform ad academic studies. It has been comprehensively shown to be the most beneficial care model for residents, resulting in improved health and well-being outcomes, including fewer hospitalisations and improved quality of life.  Staff will be able to build a stronger rapport with, and understanding of, our residents in a more home like space.

The value of the project is $4.6m, with a government grant funding $3.8m and Banksia contributing the remaining $0.8m.

Milestones

  • August 2021 – Banksia Villages was confirmed to be successful in our application for a capital grant of $2m in the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) program
  • 2022 – Plans were developed and approved, numerous consultant reports were obtained, to meet approval requirements.
  • March 2023 – Confirmation was received that Banksia’s Development Application (DA) for Stage 1 works had been approved.
  • June 2023 – Banksia staff worked with Constructive Dialogue Architects to select the interior finishes for the new household kitchens and living areas as well as the cafe
  • July 2023 – a competitive tender process for construction work was undertaken, with Project Coordination chosen to partner with Banksia
  • March 2024 – construction work commenced
  • February 2025 – construction work is expected to be complete and the new model of care will be implemented.

Update – March 2024

Banksia Lodge construction work March 2024
Banksia Management view Banksia Lodge construction work – March 2024

After two years of planning construction has finally commenced. In recent weeks, Management were testing ideas for how to best manage the staging, which was only finalised at the last minute. It was vital to ensure that all residents had safe and comfortable access between their room and common areas, to ensure continuity of social activities and engagement. Many staff members assisted with clearing storage rooms and common areas ahead of construction work beginning, and staff also provided valuable support to residents in the move to a single common lounge and dining area while work is underway.

The changes that have been implemented in the past couple of weeks represent the most substantial impact of the entire project.  Whilst unforseen issues are likely to be encountered, as can be expected with a project of this size, a positive attitude and innovate approach will be used to solve any concerns as they arise.  It has been pleasing to hear the messages of support and unity from residents.

Staging plans are now on display throughout Banksia Lodge and links to each plan can be found below.  Stage 1 is underway currently, including erection of hoarding and site fences, demolition of some areas and construction of covered walkways to connect resident rooms through Stage 2 and 3.

 

Please contact Project Manager Liz Paterson-Finlay if you have any questions about this project.  Email: acarprojectmanager@banksiavillage.com.au     Phone: 02 4471 6031.

Plans

MasterPlan

Staging Plans – stage 1

Staging Plans – stage 2

Staging Plans – stage 3