For Helping Hand’s new 110-bed aged care facility, licensing commitments necessitated an expedited project delivery method, so Kennett were engaged as Managing Contractor to enable preliminary works to commence whilst design development continued. Kennett’s vast aged care construction experience was leveraged on to provide guidance to the consultancy team throughout design development.

Project Detail/s

– 110 resident rooms, inclusive of patient lifters to all rooms on upper two levels;

– Smart rooms throughout, enabling continual monitoring of resident movements;

– Two-storey, three-storey and four-storey construction across the sloping site;

– Commercial kitchen, barrier laundry facility, activity halls, hairdressers, allied health services rooms, therapy bathroom, museum, café, theatrette, resident laundries
and family stay room;

– Carparking, secure courtyards, plaza outdoor dining spaces, various retaining structures, landscaping and activity areas externally;

– Construction of through-road concurrently on adjoining properties.

Construction Detail/s

– Removal of non-engineered fill, then reinstatement engineered fill;

– Lower ground floor cut into sloping site with precast concrete retaining walls on 3 sides;

– A full concrete structure to the three and four-storey areas of the building, with insitu concrete columns and load-bearing precast supporting off-form concrete beams;

– Structural steel 2-storey area with suspended concrete slab & roof frames throughout;

– Each area is linked via a steel & concrete link structure, creating secure courtyard spaces;

– A mixture of both ‘brick-snap’ faced precast panels and traditional brickwork, along with shotblast and off-form precast panels.


– We established a full 3D modelling process for the project (all services and structure), to scrutinise the design and to ensure services were able to fit within the designated spaces. This process necessitated some minor changes, which were incorporated into the design (rather than impacting the programme during construction).

– Access to the site was somewhat impeded as a new child-care facility was being constructed via a shared entry point.

– Numerous lifting plateaus were established, to allow safe crane set-up points.

– Early in the project we established both a prototype room and a samples display space, to enable the Client and consultant team to view and approve all selections early.


– Excellent level of finish was achieved throughout the project and communication between Kennett, the consultant team and client was imperative and delivered.

– Kennett’s experience was utilised to ensure that the right subcontractors were appointed to deliver the project, in terms of resource availability, quality capabilities and budget.

– Value management was an ongoing process throughout the build, allowing Kennett to deliver such a facility on budget to become Helping Hands showcase facility.


Scott Kennett – Construction Manager

Phil Hole – Estimating Manager

Gavin Fillmore – Senior Project Manager

Peter Hart – Senior Contracts Administrator

Dean Beech & Matt Dickson – Site Managers

Lane Sherman – HSE Officer

Reece Markham – Project Co-ordinator



It’s a great outcome and a credit to all to achieve before occupancy. A big thanks also to you and your team in making the facility look so good today, at our first open. Everybody was so impressed.”

Nick Larby, Helping Hand Aged Care