Sod-turning launches build of new Eldercare Kirkholme
Construction began today on a new 100-bed premium aged care home in Goodwood.
The creative design is the outcome of extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including residents in other Eldercare homes who were asked how they would plan the ideal aged care home.
Architects Brown Falconer captured the desired attributes of consumers in an innovative layout that locates resident rooms into small groups of 6 or 7 to create a more homelike and personal environment with residents being close to their living areas, providing them with opportunities for socialising when they want to but also easily being able to retreat to their own rooms for privacy.
Demolition of the existing Kirkholme care facility, which was built in 1965 and was no longer fit for purpose, began in October last year. Residents were relocated in 2016 to redeveloped facilities at The Lodge in Wayville and Allambi in Glengowrie. The site was then leased to another aged care provider for 2 years.
Sarah Constructions has been announced as the successful builder of the new Kirkholme. Managing Director James Sarah assisted The Hon David Pisoni MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills to symbolically turn the first sod today together with Professor Justin Beilby, Eldercare Board Chair and Jane Pickering, Eldercare Chief Executive.
“It is very exciting to be building a home that will lead the way in aged care”, said Mr Sarah.
Dignitaries gathered this morning on site to celebrate the ground-breaking to mark the start of the building phase of the project, with Minister Pisoni undertaking the official SOD turning.
“It was great to be part of the sod-turning ceremony for the new ElderCare Kirkholme facility in Goodwood today. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful project which will create new employment opportunities in the construction and aged care sectors. The Marshall Government is pleased to be supporting these growth industries with funding support to grow a skilled workforce”, said Minister David Pisoni.