Construction of Georges Estate Health & Aged Care, a 111-bed aged-care residence in south-east Sydney, began in December 2018. The world-class project is a welcome addition to the region and even attracted the attention of Ken Wyatt, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, who was present at the break-ground ceremony in April 2019.
The development phases of the construction project posed several challenges for the Impact Group team. The first of these was management of neighbourhood disruption due to services diversion. This service diversion necessitated digging up long stretches of road as well as the implementation of temporary traffic measures. Any community concerns needed to be responded to quickly and efficiently, in order to deliver strong coordination of works and avoid setbacks to schedule.
To ensure good relationships with affected local residents, open and honest communication was required at every level of the project. A very clear and prescriptive communication plan was implemented, including comprehensive briefing of on-site contractors, and all members of the design and project teams. All interactions with or communications from neighbours were treated with utmost priority.
Close proximity to the train line also required diligent liaison with Sydney Trains, and movement monitoring of train tracks to ensure safety and avoid disruption of works.
The development is taking place on the site of an old bowling club and, as is common with brownfield work, there have been challenges with difficult ground conditions. Impact Group has been closely involved with specialist consultants to ensure the contractor undertook the works in a compliant and safe manner. This approach has minimised risk, time delays and cost.
In addition, Impact Group is working with the client and the project team to ensure the design is maintained as best practice and in line with current aged-care trends.
The aged-care residences are due for completion in September 2020. Included in the 111-bed count will be a secure dementia care wing offering an initial 18 beds combined with state-of-the-art amenities. These amenities will include a day therapy centre, heated swimming pool, wellness centre, gym, cinema, and a primary and allied health clinic.