HammondCare’s Miranda Mason stacked cottage model nears completion

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A multi-level aged care home at HammondCare Miranda will complete a 10-year master plan for the site in Sydney’s south when it opens later this year.

The $25 million project, called Miranda Mason, will offer 60 places in a stacked cottage model to meet demand for residential aged care from the adjacent award-winning HammondGrove Independent Living Units, as well as across the Sutherland Shire and surrounding areas.

The 60 beds will be provided in six apartments – two per floor – of 10 residents, each with a front door and lift front porch.

The design by architect Peter Ireland, from Allen Jack+Cottier, has a zig-zag façade with two of the three levels of accommodation offering balconies.

Building contractor Total Construction is expected to hand over the project in September for final fit out, which has been delayed by Sydney’s prolonged wet weather.

“Multi-storey configurations present a number of design challenges – the most significant being firstly, how to provide direct access to quality outdoor spaces; and secondly, how to create a residential, non-institutional feel for residents and visitors,” HammondCare General Manager Property & Capital Works Seamus van Westhuizen said.

“We look forward to the first residents moving in later this year.”

Miranda Mason is the last stage of a masterplan for the site which began with the opening of 92 dementia-specific residential aged care beds in December 2012. The site also has HammondGrove Independent Living Units and respite cottage places.

In addition, Total Construction is renovating HammondCare’s aged care homes at Waratah, Newcastle; Horsley in Horsley Park, 39km west of Sydney’s CBD, and Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast.