Domain Principal Group has commissioned architects Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) to design and build a new contemporary high-care residential facility for the 128 residents of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home.
Work has started on the new project with an official sod turning ceremony by the NSW Minister for Ageing, and Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. Andrew James Constance, MP and Commissioner Greg Mullins of Fire and Rescue NSW.
The Quakers Hill Nursing Home was partially destroyed by fire over a year ago. Architects AJ+C were first requested to review all possible options for the existing site, with Domain Principal Group (DPG) ultimately opting to build a completely new high-care facility.
The new residence will include 104 resident rooms, large living and dining rooms, kitchen, laundry, library and coffee shop. A series of courtyards provides access from the high ceilinged living rooms to the gardens, one of which will contain a memorial accessible to the public.
Sean Bilton, General Manager - Commercial at DPG explained that the brief to Allen Jack+Cottier was to create a high quality, contemporary living facility that was functional, yet still retained a homely environment. AJ+C has several decades of specialist experience in designing residential facilities for elderly people.
According to Peter Ireland, Principal – AJ+C, the three things absolutely crucial in designing residential aged care facilities include clear way-finding, a sense of homeliness or ‘liveability’, and a building that is flexible and serviceable into its later life.
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