Queensland provider Rockpool Residential Aged Care has announced plans to build a $43 million multi-storey aged care facility in Carseldine in Brisbane’s north.

The plans include a six-storey 150-bed aged care facility split into five self-contained resident communities to become the provider’s second aged care home.

It will be located in the zero energy emission community of Carseldine Urban Village in partnership with the Queensland State Government and is expected to be Australia’s first 5-star Green Star rated aged care building, Rockpool said in a statement.

Rockpool CEO Melissa Argent said the facility is designed for small-scale living.

Melissa Argent

“The layout of the facility is broken up in to five communities of 30 beds each with individual lounge and dining areas so whilst it is a large site it does not reflect an institutional model. We pride ourselves on creating smaller, home like environments for our residents,” Ms Argent told Australian Ageing Agenda.

She said it was exciting for the Queensland-owned business to build a new facility from the ground-up in such a great location.

“Carseldine Village has been very successful, setting a high benchmark for innovative, sustainable development, very popular with home buyers, and we believe it will have a similar appeal for residents for our aged care facility,” Ms Argent said.

An architect drawing of Rockpool Residential Aged Care’s Carseldine facility

Queensland State Member for Aspley Bart Mellish said the project would deliver quality aged care for North Brisbane.

“We’re partnering with Rockpool Residential Aged Care to deliver better aged care for our community and deliver more jobs for the region,” Mr Mellish said.

“I’m also proud to say that Carseldine Village has just been awarded a 5-Star Green Star Communities certification from the Green Building Council of Australia, rating it as Australian Excellence in best practice sustainability.”

Construction, which is expected to create more than 120 jobs, is due to start this May and finish in October 2022. 

Main image: From left: Ross Webb, Melissa Argent, Bart Mellish and Tim McMahon.

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