The West Australian (Online Edition)
Monday, 6 August 2018 4:22PM
A new retirement and aged care facility has broken ground in the heart of Mirrabooka, with MYVISTA Aged Care set to open its second aged care facility in 2020.
With construction now underway by property group Pindan, the $60 million development is located on the corner of Mirrabooka Avenue and Reid Highway in Mirrabooka.
The project features a 112-bed aged care facility and ancillary services, new corporate offices, a therapy pool, 45 retirement living apartments, a cafe, GP practice, pharmacy, physiotherapy and a 24-hour gym.
MYVISTA Chairman for Aged Care Tony Vallelonga said the provider saw an opportunity to integrate its aged care and retirement living offerings into a town centre precinct and established local community.
“The location will allow our residents to access local amenities in the area with ease and, once completed, the project will provide a great addition to the population density of the emerging Mirrabooka town centre,” he said.
Given the size of the project, Mr Vallelonga said MYVISTA worked closely with NAB Relationship Manager Stefan Adaszko and NAB Health Business Manager Danny Schneider to achieve the required financial facility for stage one of the development.
“NAB were very keen to support MYVISTA with this important development and growth strategy,” Mr Schneider said.
“We look forward to building a strong relationship with MYVISTA as it delivers an exciting development for the local community.”
The development is being project managed by Total Project Management and was designed by Silver Thomas Hanley Architects.
Mr Vallelonga said the facility had been designed to move away from the traditional view of retirement living and aged care.
“This project is aimed to really connect people within their local community, not only through its location, but also with modern and up-to-date facilities,” he said.
“Considerable thought has been placed around larger living spaces, access to digital technology and our environmental impact.
“The inclusion of facilities such as pharmacy, cafe, pool and specialist medical services on site will ease the access for the residents.”
Mr Vallelonga said MYVISTA’s research indicated as people moved into retirement living they wanted to stay connected to the community, which included going to the shops, meeting family and friends for coffee or a meal and visiting the chemist or doctor.
“We are proud to be offering modern facilities to the local community, close to shops and amenities that will enable to them to remain active and socially connected as they age in place,” he said.
Having retirement living and residential aged care on the same site was an important consideration in planning the facility, according to Mr Vallelonga.
“This new development is a first for the area and region, and we are excited about bringing it to this local community,” he said.
Pindan Director Constructions Mark Thompson said extensive experience delivering similar facilities placed Pindan in an excellent position to meet the needs of the new MYVISTA facility.
“We have worked in consultation with Total Project Management, the board and staff of MYVISTA and Silver Thomas Hanley Architects to design a state-of-the-art aged care facility and we are excited to see this project take shape,” he said.