This project involves a $37million rejuvenation of the Ritz Estate into a luxurious aged care environment that will deliver 137 aged care beds for residents requiring supported daily care. The development also incorporates a wellness centre and café. Architectural perspectives of the facility are presented in Figures 1-3.
All residential aged care will be contained in the main Ritz building and the new southern (South A and B) and western (West A and B) wings. The wellness centre, incorporating a gym, hairdresser and allied health services, is located in the Managers Residence and connected to the aged care wings via an underground pedestrian pathway that will provide weather-protected access.
New buildings sit above a basement level that contains 46 car parking spaces for staff and visitors, a loading dock and the back of house service areas, including the laundry and kitchen. It is also the primary resident drop off and arrival area. Vehicular access to the basement will be via a dual ingress/egress driveway off Wascoe Street.
The current driveway off Leura Mall will be paved and a fountain feature incorporated at the entrance to the Ritz building. It will become the main pedestrian entrance.
An onsite cafe is provided at ground floor level in the main Ritz building so residents and their visitors can enjoy the garden outlook. While many residents will visit Leura Village, there are residents who have restricted mobility due to physical or cognitive limitations, and the café provides an opportunity to enjoy social interaction.