Today’s retirees demand the best.
Gracewood is an award-winning retirement village, owned by BaptistCare and based in Kellyville, NSW. The village is setting new benchmarks in innovation, sustainability and quality.
Located in Sydney’s beautiful Cumberland Plain Woodland, the award-winning Gracewood provides a fully integrated aged care and independent living environment that meets the needs and expectations of baby boomers entering the retirement-living market.
In 2015, Impact Group was asked to deliver the project’s Stage 2. This included the construction of two five-storey towers comprising 80 fully accessible, independent living units. A further three five-storey buildings consisting of 88 units are incorporated in Stage 3 of the project. The development also boasts communal landscaped areas including outdoor dining, recreation areas and significant infrastructure works.
Services encompassed design management, construction supervision, contract administration, FFE procurement, commissioning, and services infrastructure.
In live environments, communication is everything.
When Impact Group began work on Stage 2 of the Gracewood Retirement Village project, significant building works were required very close to an existing, fully occupied village. Dedicated liaison with the village manager was essential to ensure the project ran smoothly and that general good neighbourliness was observed.
Impact Group nurtured strong relationships with all affected parties and kept residents informed every step of the way. Examples of important communications included any work that was to be performed out of hours, and when to expect intrusive noise. Specific traffic control and parking measures were also put in place.
Respect for the community and environment is paramount
Every ambitious project comes with its challenges. In the case of Gracewood, the site shares a driveway with an adjacent residential aged-care facility. To avoid project delays and unnecessary disruption to the community, a strong focus on traffic control and scheduling of concrete pours and deliveries was critical.
In addition, the Cumberland Plain Woodland is surrounded by protected grasslands and eucalypt groves. All construction was carried out with an eye to both environmental sustainability and residential amenity.
Impact’s intimate knowledge of the local community and client were central to the smooth running of the development.
Mobilising value at every turn
The Design & Construct contract was based upon a Guaranteed Maximum Price, with any project savings shared between the client and the contractor. The incentive of the contractor having a stake in the project’s financial success helps build a strong sense of trust between the client and all members of the team.
Exceptional collaboration between the client, contractor and designers means Impact has a genuine opportunity to continually share collective knowledge, as well as understand and meet the needs of all stakeholders.
For example, we were on hand to listen to client and resident feedback and enhance specifications – specifically, adjustments to bathroom and laundry designs – into stage 3 while still keeping to budget.
Meeting the needs of residents now and into the future
These beautiful homes were purpose-designed to meet growing market demands for design excellence and liveability. They also meet the all-important SEPP Seniors Living spatial requirements. This ensures the units allow for greater accessibility – a particularly important factor in enabling current and future residents to age in place.
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If you’d like to know more about Impact’s ability to deliver outstanding aged-care and retirement-living developments, get in touch with the team today.
Our aim is to be your dedicated partner.
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