Developer Targets Paddington for 48-Unit Residential Care Facility

Residential Care Facility
Artist’s impression of proposed residential care facility in Paddington (Photo credit: Bligh Graham Architects)

A major new residential care facility is being proposed for Paddington, with plans recently lodged detailing the redevelopment of a site in Howard Street into a contemporary three-storey aged care home with 48 beds.

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The development at 18-22 Howard Street, designed by Bligh Graham Architects, calls for demolishing the existing residential buildings to make way for a 48-bed care facility spanning 2,985 square metres of floor space. The two post-1947 dwellings adjacent to the current facility will be torn down as well, clearing the way for the proposed development site.

The facility would feature four separate “houses” with communal dining, living and outdoor areas for residents.

Photo credit: Bligh Graham Architects

According to planners, the growing population and ageing residents in the area are increasing the need for high-quality residential aged care facilities.

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“The proposed development directly responds to the community need for purpose-built housing options for Brisbane’s ageing population. The development will provide a high-quality accommodation option in a location that has an identified need for high care services,” planners stated in the development application.

“The ageing population within Brisbane has been recognised by Brisbane City Council who have implemented a number of initiatives to encourage new retirement living and aged care accommodation, especially in areas of demand, to provide choice for residents to remain within their local neighbourhood throughout their lifecycle.”

Photo credit: Bligh Graham Architects

Architects tout the building’s “light, open, breathable” subtropical design with articulated facades, quality materials and landscaped courtyards intended to create an inviting environment. Planners praised the elegant design meant to “positively contribute” to the Howard Street streetscape.

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The project still requires approval but aims to upgrade aged care availability in the area with modern amenities and accommodation. Demolition of the existing buildings would make way for the contemporary care facility if given the green light.

Published 20-May-2024