PUTTING PEO­PLE FIRST

The Courier-Mail - Home - - SUPPORTIVE CARE - BELINDA CHILTON

The $65 mil­lion Portofino Hamil­ton project is well and truly out of the ground, with the roof cur­rently be­ing com­pleted and the in­ter­nal fitout and ex­ter­nal fin­ishes un­der way.

QRS Group CEO David Bar­rie said in­quiries in the aged-care project had been strong, but the com­pany op­er­ated a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently and wouldn’t be tak­ing pre-sales.

With project com­ple­tion ex­pected this year, con­struc­tion is go­ing well, with 70 per cent of the re­tail area al­ready un­der agree­ment.

Mr Bar­rie said the fea­ture he most liked about the de­vel­op­ment was the per­sonal touch that en­abled cou­ples to re­main to­gether as they aged. “As an aged-care provider we see the neg­a­tive im­pact on cou­ples be­ing un­able to re­main to­gether due to chang­ing care needs,” he said. “I’m most ex­cited about the flex­i­bil­ity ... to al­low cou­ples to re­main to­gether, even if their care needs dif­fer greatly.”

On com­ple­tion Portofino will be home for up to 250 res­i­dents in 100 aged-care suites and 46 fully self-con­tained units. The de­vel­op­ment also fea­tures four pent­house apart­ments av­er­ag­ing 220sq m plus bal­conies.

Mr Bar­rie said the feed­back had been en­cour­ag­ing. “We have had pos­i­tive feed­back on the lo­ca­tion and flex­i­bil­ity around our de­liv­ery of care sup­port­ing cou­ples to re­main to­gether,” he said.

The 100 aged-care suites are de­signed to ac­com­mo­date age­ing-in-place with base­ment car parks, ad­join­ing bal­cony ar­eas and kitch­enettes, fos­ter­ing in­de­pen­dent liv­ing for as long as pos­si­ble. The 46 apart­ments also fos­ter in­de­pen­dent liv­ing while en­abling cou­ples to re­main to­gether.

There is plenty of lux­ury on the pent­house level with three and four-bed­room op­tions with beau­ti­ful views and large bal­cony ar­eas.

Adding to the per­sonal-care at­mos­phere of the de­vel­op­ment is a Vil­lage Green pro­vid­ing an in­ter­nal pi­azza with open-air big screen tele­vi­sion pro­jec­tion and lo­cated next to bou­tique shop­ping and cafe fa­cil­i­ties.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of Portofino Hamil­ton, which is due for com­ple­tion this year and will have river and park views.

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