SwanCare’s eagerly awaited future Leisure Precinct at Bentley Park has reached a major development milestone with approval granted from the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).
The JDAP approval is significant, allowing SwanCare to move forward with the tender process before proceeding to construction, which is likely to begin in June 2019 and anticipated to be staged over a period of up to two years.
The proposed new development focuses on a two-story leisure centre incorporating a library, gymnasium, indoor heated pool, fitness centre, club room and resident lounge, and multi-functional rooms.
Complementing the leisure centre will be a separate community pavilion, sound and light gardens and improved walkways.
The redeveloped landscaped areas will provide for improved pedestrian linkages and facilitate comfortable, safe universal access to resident amenities.
A three-level car park, a refurbishment of parts of the Mavis Cleaver Court building and reconfigured resident car parking areaswill also add to the leisure precinct.
SwanCare CEO Graham Francis said the unique attributes of the Bentley Park site afforded the distinctive redevelopment which will be key to SwanCare’s market position in the competitive retirement living market.
“With this development, SwanCare Bentley Park offers a real point of difference, putting us at the forefront of options for potential residents seeking a modern retirement lifestyle.”
“Our aim with this development is to cohesively draw activities together, improving access and connectivity, and furthering the strong and distinctive community heart of Bentley Park,” he continued.
The combination of key Bentley Park site elements –WA’s largestsingle site of its kind and proximity to both the city and a range of services –makes SwanCare Bentley Park unique and suitable for this large scale integrated leisure precinct.
Driven by the ideas of community, activity and sustainability, the development acknowledges the importance of the balance between the individual in the community and the provision of spaces to share with fellow residents, family and friends.
“SwanCare has existed on this site for more than 55 years. Our resident’s needs are varied and have changed significantly over this time period and we are conscious of continuing to evolve and to provide for the modern retiree,” Mr Francis said.
The Leisure Centre Precinct development is a portion of the “Bentley Park 2035” Master Plan and will occur concurrently with another key SwanCare Bentley Park expansion - the construction of a new 124-suite residential care facility.