The current view from level one. It is anticipated that the top floor will have water glimpses.

The next stage of development works has been completed on Bolton Clarke’s redeveloped Fernhill residential aged care community building on King Street.

The new state-of-the-art facility under construction from Hansen Yuncken has been collaboratively designed with Fernhill residents, their families, local community and specialists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Bolton Clarke General Manager Property Development James Mantis said that the project master plan will build on Fernhill’s rich history and legacy, positioning the contemporary, architecturally designed community to continue to cater to the growing needs of Caboolture.

The community will offer 162 residential aged care beds in modern, accessible accommodation, the latest assistive technology, retail areas, plenty of green outdoor space, incredible views and a world-class dementia care environment.

“It was integral to the project success to have residents involved from the outset. What is important to them is important to us. The co-design process involved extensive community consultation and three co-design workshops with QUT.”

The University will continue to be involved with trialling and evaluating new technology in the residential aged care building as a strategic partner in the Living Labs project.

Fernhill Residential Manager Ram Korla said that the project has been a point of great interest for existing residents, who will be the first to move into the brand-new community.

“There has been excitement and anticipation for everyone as we watch our new community take shape. It provides lots of talking points around the coffee table. One resident has been out every day keeping tabs on the project,” he said.

The resident, Dick McKean, has a background in construction and has made himself part of the fabric of the project and the construction crew now know him by name.

Hansen Yuncken Project Manager Scott Butler said, “we expect to see him every day and we make sure to say hello. He’s one of us now!”

It’s not only the design of the building which has taken an innovative approach, but the construction as well. Utilising freestanding pre-cast concrete cores for the lift and stairs, which were erected before the basement slab was poured and stand the full building height, builders Hansen Yuncken have introduced a unique construction method representing the tallest of its kind in Queensland.

“By embracing the latest technologies, we have created efficiencies in construction associated with the full structural redesign which the site is starting to realise now that the structure is well underway. We have also created a positive impact on the culture of our site, as subcontract workers understand our project team is willing to think outside the box to make this project safer, faster in construction and simpler for everyone,” Scott Butler said.

Work at Fernhill continues to progress well, and we are looking forward to celebrating the “topping out” of our new residential aged care building in February 2020. The project is well on track for completion by the end of August 2020.