United in vision for care facility
ARCHITECTS, planners, project managers and communications experts are teaming up to manage redevelopment of Curtin Care’s Wearne aged care facility in Cottesloe.
“We are starting with a blank sheet of paper and an exciting opportunity to draw a great picture of the future for people who will eventually call Wearne Cottesloe home,” Curtin Care chairman David Cox said.
The 5ha facility’s redevelopment got the go-ahead after the leasees of the Marine ParadeGibney Street site – comprising Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Claremont and Peppermint Grove councils – each gave approval to the project during this year.
Mr Cox said the team envisaged new independent living selfcontained apartments, with access to aged care services, and residential aged care.
Wearne residents could also be connected to the surrounding community by new sports facilities, an arts centre, gym or cafe, which the public could use to make the precinct more like a village.
“And you wouldn’t have to be 55-plus,” Mr Cox said
Wearne Cottesloe has operated since 1979, with its nearby 1897-built heritage buildings incorporated into the modern buildings, now managed by Bethanie.
Mr Cox said the team would advise Curtin Care’s board about what could be in the redevelopment, the first part of which would be consultation with neighbours, the community and councils lasting six months, before the possible start of construction in the second half of 2018, including restoration of heritage buildings.
Curtin Care deputy chairman Michael Jones, chairman David Cox and director Michele Rosano are part of the team running the Wearne Cottesloe redevelopment.