Client: Moran Health Group
AMC was first engaged by Moran in 2015 to develop a Functional Design Brief and Prototype Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) design concept to inform the design of all new Facilities given the organisation was contemplating rapid expansion in line with Australia’s burgeoning aging population. With reference to a recently designed Moran RACF in Kellyville and 2 other recently constructed facilities in Engadine and Sylvania Waters, combined with AMC’s extensive experience, consensus was established through a consultative process in relation to a range of key operational, facility, servicing, community and marketing drivers. This represented the ideal starting point for the design of a new RACF as a strategic partnership with the University of Canberra (UC) in their new Health Precinct Campus opposite the proposed new University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) fronting Ginninderra Drive. Given the size of the subject site AMC first prepared an integrated development masterplan to accommodate the proposed new RACF, a stand-alone structured carpark to accommodate 400 cars for the UCPH and substantial future allied health facilities. This masterplan concept was endorsed through the UC Design Review Panel and Campus Planning Committee allowing the design concept to be developed in detail by Moran and AMC. The proposed new RACF is underpinned by an innovative integrated care model in collaboration with UC including 160 residential aged care beds, a young disabled persons independent support accommodation, a 120 place Early Learning Centre (ELC) and onsite education opportunities.
The 4 storey building has made best use of the slope across the site to allow the ELC to operate independently while seamlessly integrating with the RACF when required. At the same time the extensive servicing requirements of the building and associated car parking are accommodated largely within the footprint. The final concept:
Is consistent with the UC Masterplan presenting as a striking address to the new gateway to UC from the North
Has integrated dementia and RACF courtyards include sensory plantings (indigenous and exotic). Links to the active east play zone of the ELC facility, and links with the remnant woodland can encourage bird activity within a garden precinct.