The 1870s Canterbury mansion at the centre of Baptcare’s latest development

Victorian not-for-profit provider, Baptcare has completed a $25 million project to develop an aged care facility using a heritage listed mansion and a series of new buildings.

The new development will accommodate 38 independent living apartments and a 100-place residential aged care home.

Baptcare purchased the Italianate Canterbury mansion in 1997 for the redevelopment of its existing Hedley Sutton Community.

Over 90 residents from Hedley Sutton will move into the new facility in mid-October.

“We are extremely excited about opening the facility, which will allow us to care for a greater number of elderly Victorians in need,” said Baptcare’s CEO, Jeff Davy.

He said the property’s heritage listing created design challenges for the redevelopment team.

Most of the mansion was refurbished to provide amenities such as lounge areas, a library and café for residents of the independent apartments.

The development is the final stage in a long-term rebuilding project begun over 10 years ago to transform the organisation’s six residential aged care homes.

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