On the same day Lendlease announced their intention to develop an aged care precinct at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse, local developer Pikos Group lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council for a new 10-12 storey integrated health and aged care facility in Woolloongabba.
Cardno lodged the application on behalf of the Pikos Group’s medical and aged care development arm, “Collective Health and Wellness”.
The Brisbane-based developer diversified into health and aged care development in 2014, after 30 years of residential development.
Located across two neighbouring blocks at 52 and 64 Annerley Road Woolloongabba, the facility will include over 7,678sq m of health care services, an 842sq m child care centre, 70 residential care rooms, 45 retirement units and 876sq m of ground level retail space.
Collective Health and Wellness managing director Steven Jones spoke with The Urban Developer about the demand for aged care facilities in Brisbane’s inner-city.
“We had been studying the Mater precinct for some time and through our relationships with key medical professionals we understood the need for a new high quality medical facility to service the growing medical needs of Brisbane.
“It was always our intention that we would build a world class medical facility that attracted the specialists to the area and further supported the area as the medical hub of Brisbane.” Jones said.
Jones said that the site’s proximity to the Mater Hospital has generated a lot of enquiry from groups looking to co-locate their high-care aged care specialist facilities to be closer to one of Queensland’s largest hospitals.
The project will be split across two sites utilising two separate buildings interlinked to one another – one housing health care and the other a mix of aged care and retirement living.
The development includes a 600sq m rooftop communal recreation space.
The development was designed by Kris Kowalski Architects. Jones said that the developer was sensitive to designing in a way that did not detract from the area.
“We are very fortunate to have good friends in both medical and aged care who have educated us as to the challenges faced in this area and how we can build a facility which highlights the strength of Brisbane as a place for specialised medical treatment through all stages of life.” he said.
The application is currently pending approval from the Brisbane City Council and a commencement date is yet to be confirmed.