Old Williamson’s Motor House tipped for development

The Williamson’s Motor House site in Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim
The Williamson’s Motor House site in Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE old Williamson’s Motor House on Guildford Road in Maylands could be developed into an aged care facility.

Aged care provider and site owner CraigCare is proposing to expand its current site at Lot 5, Third Avenue East and develop the former service station site.

According to the Heritage Council’s State Heritage Office, the 89-year-old site was one of the few remaining service stations from that era in the metropolitan area.

The remaining facade had Mediterranean influences, with reference to the Alhmbra in Spain.

CraigCare has voluntarily entered into a heritage agreement with the Heritage Council of WA, which requires conservation of the facade and its incorporation into any new development on the site.

The site is on the City of Bayswater’s heritage list, giving it statutory protection under Town Planning Scheme 24.

Bayswater Council initiated a proposed amendment last month to rezone the site from service station to medium and high density residential with an R50 density code.

CraigCare in Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim

A CraigCare spokesman said they wanted to build a renewed aged care facility in keeping with contemporary needs and expectations of the local community.

“Any future development will similarly be mindful of the facade’s value,” he said.

“There will likely be about 100 rooms, subject to final design, all single rooms with private ensuite with some potentially larger suites for couples.”

The spokesman said there was an increased demand for aged care in the City of Bayswater.

“CraigCare feels it is important for members of the local community to be able to ‘age in place’ and maintain connection to their local community,” he said.

“Standards and expectations of the quality of aged care facilities have changed since the existing facility was built.”

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