Build sped up to match de­mand


THE con­struc­tion of 18 vil­las at Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage Life­care in Oa­maru is sched­uled to be com­pleted in March, four years be­fore it was an­tic­i­pated they would be needed.

High de­mand for the one and two­bed­room vil­las at the vil­lage over­look­ing Oa­maru has meant Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage Life­care Ltd, the com­pany that owns the fa­cil­ity, has pushed ahead with its con­struc­tion plans well in ad­vance of their orig­i­nal time­line.

Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage Life­care Ltd fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Ka­t­rina Holy­well said 17 of the 18 vil­las set to be com­pleted early next year had been sold, and if de­mand con­tin­ued, there was the po­ten­tial for up to an­other 60 to be con­structed.

‘‘That’s the max­i­mum and we will look at that de­pend­ing on de­mand but we need to put a lot of in­fra­struc­ture in place, so we don’t have any tim­ing on that . . . but, we do know that it will be in the pipe­line at some stage.

‘‘We thought 18 vil­las would be filled over five and a­half years and it’s hap­pened in 18 months,’’ Mrs Holy­well said.

Con­struc­tion was also un­der way on the vil­lage’s stage two apart­ment project, that will add to the vil­lage’s 12 apart­ments.

The two­storey com­plex, hav­ing 10 apart­ments over­look­ing the Oa­maru town­ship and coast­line, is set to be com­pleted by mid­July. Six were un­der con­tract at present.

Mrs Holy­well said an­other 10 apart­ments could be built by July 2020, which would take the to­tal num­ber to 32.

Mean­while, the vil­lage’s hos­pi­tal­level care wing, Ahuriri, was opened on July 23, which pro­vided an ad­di­tional 20 beds to the 41 al­ready at the site.

Con­struc­tion was also un­der way on the fi­nal planned wing that would house a fur­ther 20 beds, Mrs Holy­well said.

‘‘We are now on to the next stage which is called the Waitaki wing, so that’s an­other 20 care beds and they will be avail­able in May next year. That will be all of our care beds com­pleted, so 81 beds,’’ Mrs Holy­well said.


Un­der con­struc­tion . . . A draw­ing of the first two­storey apart­ment com­plex be­ing built at Ob­ser­va­tory Vil­lage Life­care in Oa­maru.

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