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Carlingford Redevelopment Makes Progress

The redevelopment of BaptistCare’s historic Carlingford site is making significant progress.

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Carlingford Site Hero

06 June 2022

News | Retirement Living, BaptistCare

The redevelopment of BaptistCare’s historic Carlingford site is making significant progress, with the bottom half of the site progressing towards lodging a Development Application for a Seniors Living Village.

The Seniors Living Village will provide industry-leading care and accommodation for older Australians, including:

  • Approximately 130 independent living units for retirees, offering the best in lifestyle and care
  • 96 residential aged care rooms for people who need additional care
  • A respite facility for local families caring for loved ones at home
  • A diverse range of facilities, services and outdoor spaces for residents and the community to enjoy.

BaptistCare’s development team, including award-winning-winning architects DKO, are working towards design features to ensure the site uses less energy to heat and cool.

Construction of the Seniors Living Village is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2026, with the residential aged care buildings designed to meet the latest standards and research in aged care.

The accommodation will be divided into small households of 16 bedrooms, a central kitchen, and living and dining rooms, offering a peaceful and home-like environment.

Independent living units for retirees will be spacious, light, and comfortable, and built around a central courtyard, with plenty of spaces to gather with families and friends.

Residents will have access to a range of services and facilities on-site, including a café and dining room, pool, gym, library, cinema, and hair and beauty salons.

There will also be allied health services, barbecue areas, and outdoor gardens, including a dementia garden within the aged care centre, so residents can enjoy the outdoors safely and comfortably.

Providing independent living and residential aged care services on the one site means that independent living residents can remain in their own homes for as long as possible while accessing in-house care services they may need.

Senior Development Manager – Property, Joshua Brandon, says BaptistCare is planning a welcoming place for the wider Carlingford community.

“We know the local area will benefit from more green and open space for residents to enjoy, and this is why BaptistCare would like to share the green and open space at our site with the local community. We are looking at opportunities to create a large, accessible, peaceful and leafy park at the southern end of the site, which will be open for public use.”

The community will be able to access a range of services such as a café and outdoor seating addressing Martins Lane, while vehicle parking and deliveries will be underground.

The top half of the site will contain 162 much-needed social and affordable housing units for seniors and single parent families, and is on track for completion in early 2023. The affordable housing units will be for people on low to moderate incomes and focused on key workers such as teachers, police officers, child care workers and nurses, who all provide essential services.

BaptistCare’s Carlingford site has a significant place in the history of BaptistCare. It was the first land owned by the organisation, and the birthplace of the first BaptistCare aged care centre, Yallambi Elderly Ladies Home, which was founded in 1952.