Demolition and construction begins
The demolition and construction phases of Edgarley Assisted Living’s $14.5 million redevelopment project in Jackson Street will begin on Monday, December 3.
The Casterton Aged Care facility will begin the process with the demolition of three houses it owns in Jackson Street before a new, multi-storey, state-of-the-art, purpose-built aged care facility is constructed.
The demolition phase of the project will remove the existing residential buildings at 73, 75 and 77 Jackson Street. It is expected to take about two weeks to remove the existing houses.
The new building construction will begin in February, following the completion of the demolition and ground preparation works, exactly 64 years after Edgarley was opened as a community-owned aged care facility, on February 6, 1955.
The redevelopment project is the largest undertaken in Edgarley’s history, and marks a significant milestone for the organisation which began with a community fundraising effort in the 1940s to create a ‘Old Folks Home’ in Casterton for local people to age in their own community.
The originally purchased residential house in Jackson Street – currently used as the administration building – will be retained as part of this redevelopment project.
The project, funded through the Australian Government’s Aged Care Funding Round and locally raised funds, is expected to inject significant economic stimulus to the local area.
Edgarley Chair, Andrew Speirs, said it was exciting for the Edgarley Assisted Living Board, its residents and their families, and the wider Casterton community, that the project had now reached a point where activity will be seen on the site.
Mr Speirs said the final project designs had been refined by newly-appointed project architect, Baade Harbour, and building contractor, Fairbrother.
Fairbrother’s South West Manager, Billy Edis, said he was thrilled to be part of the Edgarley redevelopment project.
The Tasmanian-based firm, which has a south-west Victorian base in Warrnambool, is an award-winning building and construction project company.
“This development will be good for Edgarley, but more importantly, good for Casterton and surrounds, and it’s one we are pleased to be part of,” Billy said.
Following the tender process, the company has been working with the Edgarley Board, the project management company, Connect, and Baade Harbour to refine the project design.
Newly appointed architect, Baade Harbour, has further refine the building design developed by NOW Architecture.
“We want to recognise the invaluable contribution of Judith North and Neville Cowland of NOW Architecture for their early input to the design of our new building,” Andrew said.
Sod turning event - July 2018
On July 29, 2018, the ceremonial turning of the first sod of the redevelopment project took place.
Despite inclement weather befalling the day, the event was well supported by the community, and included a market day, children's activities and the sod turning by Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.
Edgarley Chairman, Andrew Speirs (left) with Dan Tehan turning the first sod of the project.
New facility to begin construction in 2019
The aspiration to update Edarley's facilities with a purpose-built aged care building was first muted by Edgarley's Board of Management back in 2012.
In March 2016, after much dedicated lobbying, $14.5 million funding was made available by the Federal Government through the Aged Care Approval Round to allow the project to become a reality.
The project will see a new 60-bed aged care facility constructed along Jackson Street, taking in Edgarley's existing site and additionally purchased residental land. The project will increase Egarley's available aged care beds by 17, while still offering its 21 independent living unit options to residents.
Since the announcement of the project funding in 2016, Edgarley has taken a staged approach to developing the project plan and in 2018, received building approval from Glenelg Shire Council. The first sod was turned on the project by Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan in June 2018.
Melbourne-based project management company, Connect, will manage the project while NoW Architecture has been engaged as the building designer since its inception in 2012.
Edgarley chair, Andrew Speirs, said: “This is an exciting time for the Edgarley community and the town, and the public will now start to see progress with this project as we begin to take the steps toward building an outstanding new facility to allow our staff to continue to provide excellent care right here in Casterton.”