Background

Bupa Aged Care is one of Australia’s leading residential aged care providers with more than 70 care homes across the country. Bupa Aged Care provides an extensive range of care and support to more than 6,700 residents, including residential, respite and specialised dementia care. Kennett Builders were engaged to refurbish the Morphettville facility, to allow it to continue to provide its wide range of care and support and to adapt it to the residents at the facility.

Project Detail

– Refurbishment of 147-bed facility whilst remaining operational.

– Staged refurbishment (29 Stages) of resident rooms, ensuites, wet areas, common lounges, dining rooms, computer room, hairdresser, library, cafe and other communal areas.

– Demolition and removal of existing fixed furniture, joinery, hand basins, floor coverings, electrical services and luminaires, etc.

– Supply and installation of new clinical hand basins, doors and frames, joinery, floor coverings, electrical services and luminaires, painting of walls and ceilings, etc.

Challenges

– The facility remained occupied throughout the construction period, so it was paramount that the facility remained serviced and operational.

– A high-level of co-ordination and staging was required to complete the works within the tight timeframe, whilst minimising the impact to staff and residents.

– 29 two-week stages were complete, staggered so that at the end of every week there was a handover of a stage.

– Many unforeseen challenges became evident during the refurbishment, e.g. moisture was found to be penetrating up through an existing slab and pooling under some vinyl, which had to be addressed and overcome, while adhering to the programme and minimising any disruption to residents.

Outcomes

– The project was completed on budget and within the allocated timeframe.

– Following the completion of the project, there was an immediate increase in new residents.

– The staff noticed increased morale and experienced positive feedback from many of the current residents.

TEAM

Paul Davies – Construction Manager

Phil Franklyn / Matt Dickson – Estimating Managers

Phil Franklyn – Project Manager

Phil Franklyn – Contracts Administrator

Matt Dickson – Site Manager

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