On 8 March, the official ‘turning of the first sod’ was held on Hub Drive at the site of the future Resthaven Aberfoyle Park.
The innovative design developed with Brown Falconer Architects, will accommodate 100 older people. Small ‘clusters’ of rooms will feature their own dining and lounge rooms, to build a sense of community. Other site features include a hairdressing salon, shop, meeting rooms, internet café, and secure landscaped areas with sensory gardens.
Joining the official turf turning are Nat Cook MP, State Member for Fisher; Lorraine Rosenberg, Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga; Mark Porter, Resthaven Board President; Ben Sarre, Deputy Board President; Richard Hearn, Resthaven Chief Executive Officer; Tina Cooper, Executive Manager Residential Services; and David Norton, Executive Manager Finance and Corporate Services.
‘I am delighted that so many from the community are able to make it here today to this official ceremony,’ said Richard Hearn, CEO.
‘We look forward to beginning a long lasting relationship with our neighbours.’
Ideally located adjacent to shops, schools and Unity retirement village, the site will also offer around 100 long term jobs.
‘The local community will benefit from additional services for older people, volunteering and employment opportunities, and involvement with community groups.’
The site is expected to be opened in mid to late 2018, with building to begin next week.
A timelapse video showing the site’s progress will be uploaded to Resthaven’s YouTube channel each month. The first month’s video showing site preparation can be watched below: