Regis Chelmer 120 Bed Aged-care Resort




Disciplines:Architecture, Interior Design

Industries:Seniors Living



Master Builders QLD 2018 - Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes 

Project Size: 120 Bed Facility

Project Dates:May 2014 - October 2017

About the Project

In a location like Chelmer the design brief was to create a high end protective community, the new 120 bed ageing in place facility is designed with careful consideration of the sites existing 1890s heritage house, beautiful landscapes with a large fig tree and the existing private residential homes that surround the area.   To minimise visual impact from the street level of the three -story building, the bottom two levels of the building have been pushed back into the site, emphasizing a two-story structure at the front.


The central core of the building is based around an internal courtyard with views from the communal areas on all levels.  This feature allows natural light into the building with the use of full height glass and creates a sense of warmth that responds to the wellbeing of the residents.  From the central core are located three wings on each level for the residents bedrooms, which boasts a sophisticated palette of finishes and furniture. 

Within the three story building, a wing of 45 beds is devoted to Dementia Care, with a separate living and dining area and external courtyard.  The building also incorporates a ground floor lobby and access to the internal courtyard, with staff facilities, commercial kitchen and laundry, sales area, various sitting rooms on each level, activities room, cinema, day spa, hairdressers, café and family room which can be used by family and visitors.  Nurse Stations, treatment areas and utility rooms are located centrally within the design to maximise staffing efficiencies. Whilst these areas provide essential care services they have been designed in such a way that they blend in well with the residential theming and do not have a clinical feel.   There is one living and dining area per level centrally located with a cocktail lounge and external balcony on the third floor with the most magnificent views of the surrounding community and overlooking the river.  

We must not forget about the beautifully renovated heritage house which offers a library, lounge area and private dining area for the residents to access directly from the new building.  The interior design of the facility is a direct response from the neighboring area and considerate of the status of the existing heritage house.  We wanted to create a space for the end user, where the residents become our inspiration to offer a warm and intimate community and not only age in place but grow in comfort.

The result of the renovation of the existing old building on site was exceptional – the blend of old against the new contemporary design of the main building is perfect. The two internal courtyards and the cocktail lounge on the roof makes Regis Chelmer the flagship of the portfolio. You and your team were a pleasure to deal with, your professionalism and ability to deal with issues as they arose was greatly appreciated. I would have no hesitation in recommending PDT as the studio of choice to any providers wishing excellence. Thank you, you and your team are welcome back anytime.
Fiona Kirk Operations Manager QLD / NSW - Regis Aged Care


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