Rockpool plans six-storey 150-bed RAC facility for Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

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Privately-owned Queensland aged care, respite and dementia support provider Rockpool has had plans lodged on its behalf with Sunshine Coast Council to build a six-storey 150-bed residential care facility at the rapidly expanding southern Sunshine Coast waterfront estate.

Rockpool’s 6,110sqm site, which is close to The Cove precinct in Pelican Waters, a suburb of Caloundra, was being assessed under code by council planners.

The development, states the application, is responding to the community and economic need for extra housing options for elderly in the area, with it set to give residents the chance to “age in place” as their housing requirements shifted.

McNab senior development manager Ross Webb, Rockpool CEO Melissa Argent, Queensland MP Bart Mellish and McNab design manager Tim McMahon at Carseldine.

Each of the five upper floor levels would be made up of a 30-bed community, with 15 bed cottages at each wing. The ground floor would feature the entry foyer and reception as well as dining, cafe and hair salon facilities. A theatre, function room and terrace, consulting rooms, dentist and wellness area, administration offices, kitchen, laundry and servicing garage, would also be on the ground level.

Rockpool, whose CEO is Melissa Argent, is also building what is expected to be Australia’s first 5-star Green Star rated residential aged care facility, featuring six storeys of 30 bed communities, at Carseldine, 16km north of Brisbane’s CBD.