Aged care facility set for $42 million redevelopment

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Braemar Gardens.
An artist's impression of the redeveloped Braemar Gardens.

BICTON aged care facility Braemar Gardens is set to undergo a redevelopment to become two three-storey buildings with the capacity to take on more residents.

The $42 million redevelopment was approved by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) on Monday.

The facility is set to again have two buildings that are inter-related, each fronting on to different streets, and will be designed by T and Z Architects.

The current Braemar Gardens.

The eastern half of the lot is set to have a threestorey high-care building with 102 beds, two internal courtyards, a ground floor, cafe, physio and a chapel, while the western portion of the lot will have a three-storey building with 35 aged care suites, designed to give residents the ability to live with a greater level of independence.

The existing site has a combination of one- and two-storey buildings, and has 55 high-care beds and 24 care suites.

JDAP members spoke favourably about the development, citing its facade and landscaping as positive attributes, and it was approved unanimously.

There were eight submissions during a two-week advertising period, with four people objecting to the proposal on the grounds of traffic, visual privacy and overshadowing.

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