Provectus aged care units planned for former Solander Gallery site in Deakin
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Provectus aged care units planned for former Solander Gallery site in Deakin

A 102-bed aged care facility is planned for a block of land in Deakin that was occupied by the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, formerly known as the Solander Gallery.

The 2973 sqaure-metre site is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street next to Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The 2973 sqaure-metre site is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street next to Canberra Girls Grammer School.

The 2973 sqaure-metre site is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street next to Canberra Girls Grammer School.

Provectus Care runs aged care homes in Sydney and Melbourne; this would be its first Canberra project.

Consultants Purdon Planning said the proposal will fulfil a growing need for such services with an ageing population in south Canberra.

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A 102 bed aged care facility is planned for a block of land in Deakin that was occupied by the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, formerly known as the Solander Gallery.

A 102 bed aged care facility is planned for a block of land in Deakin that was occupied by the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, formerly known as the Solander Gallery.

Provectus proposes two buildings, four and five storeys, including a single level of basement parking which can accommodate 43 cars. An aquatherapy pool is also planned for the basement.

According to the development application, the community was concerned about a number of issues including traffic in the area.

Purdon said a traffic report established that impacts during key school peak periods could be minimised by ensuring shift changeovers for staff were outside of those times.

Canberra Girls Grammar was concerned about overlooking from balconies. But the developer said the design team had worked to "ameliorate" overlooking through design treatments and landscaping.

An aqua therapy pool is also planned for the basement.

An aqua therapy pool is also planned for the basement.

Of the 102 beds, 90 will be residential care and 12 assisted living areas for people who tend to self-care but require a high level of support undertaking daily tasks.

A 40-place day respite centre is also proposed for seniors who live primarily with a carer or family member.

The application proposes hairdressing and similar services, along with rehabilitation services such as hydrotherapy and physiotherapy.

Provectus secured a Commonwealth aged care bed license in 2016 for Belconnen with approval now given for the location to be switched to the Deakin site.

The art gallery, which was built in the 1970s, will be demolished prior to construction of the facility.

The project is expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete with construction to start in 2018, if approved.approval.

Submissions close on the development application on December 6.

The site of the proposed aged care home in Deakin.

Han Nguyen reports on property for The Canberra Times. She joined the Times in 2017 after working as a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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