Not for profit aged care provider Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide (UCWPA) had not undertaken a redevelopment on the site since 1991 and the facility was originally built in 1951 was in need of a fresh start.

Kennett joined the client and consultant team during the documentation phase to add construction, programming and cost advice to the process and deliver the project in a managing contractor role.

The development to be delivered over three stages with residents in occupation of existing facilities was a project requirement and safety and disruption was a daily task to be managed, with the support of the onsite staff and open lines of communication between Kennett and the Wesley team this was very openly and successfully managed; this allowed Wesley to expand occupancy levels as new stages were completed resident occupation was increased to make use of the state of the art new accommodation and living areas.

The project brief was the staged demolition of existing facilities to be replaced with new double storey aged care facility of 10,000m2 comprising 168 bedrooms.

Project Detail

  • 168 bedroom aged care complex over two levels including commercial catering areas, administrative facilities, commercial laundry facilities, hairdresser, internet cafĂ©, passive and active recreational areas both indoors and outdoors
  • The building features 2 lifts, solar power generation, solar hot water, HVAC access control and Nursecall functionality
  • Stage one delivered 72 bedrooms, stage two 48 bedrooms and stage three 48 bedrooms


  • Site logistics and a staged programme created several construction challenges
  • A temporary commercial kitchen was constructed to keep the remaining residents of the existing facility fed three time a day.
  • Overhead powerlines and restrictive residential streets minimized delivery and cranage options
  • Ground slabs were strengthen to allow the structural steel to be erected by mobile crane off the ground slab
  • Staging and construction methodology was revised by Kennett to minimize site disruption and streamline the construction programme changing the project from 4 to 3 stages and reducing the build time 5 months


  • Reduced construction timeframe due to revised staging and programming
  • Client and resident occupation safely managed and maintained for the duration of the redevelopment
  • The building provides superior accommodation within the western suburbs
  • The coastal setting has been improved by the selected architectural style
  • Resident, staff and family feedback to the new accommodation has been overwhelming positive


  • Scott Kennett – Construction Manager
  • Ed Tory and Paul Jennings- Project Managers
  • James Kennett – Estimator
  • Peter Veloudos – Contract Administration
  • Kym Collins and Paul Kerr – Site Managers
  • Lane Sherman – Safety Officer


ACSA SA & NT Award for Excellence in Aged Care Living Design

Cafe and Reception

Typical Single Bedroom and Ensuite