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MecwaCare Community Housing

Just a few hundred metres from the beach, MecwaCare Sandringham is an ageing-in-place and respite residential complex featuring 27 purpose-built one-bedroom apartments across three levels. Designed to offer comfortable, independent quality of living to financially disadvantaged elderly residents from the local community, each light, spacious unit features security entrance, private balcony or deck and modern, easily maintained fittings, fixtures and finishes.

Interior amenities include laminate kitchens with Bosch and DeLonghi appliances, coloured glass splashback, timber-look vinyl plank flooring, plush carpeting and floor-to-ceiling wall tiles in bathrooms. The building’s façade features a blend of earth-coloured render, zinc-coloured Alucobond® and ModWood timber slats, with Monument coloured fasciae and roofing.

After submitting a detailed cost plan based on town planning drawings to the client in November 2014, Figurehead was awarded the contract on both the strength of our previous work and our ability to complete the project to a high standard within the very tight deadline. An extremely fast eight-month turnaround was agreed upon in order for MecwaCare to secure a government grant that would provide essential funding.

We immediately went to work on the design management process, collaborating with architects and a building surveyor to successfully complete all design documentation - in less than four weeks!

Further to the limited timeframe, challenges during the construction phase of the project included complying with town planning permits that required us to raise the entire building and car park above a flood level of RL15.00 without compromising compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), as well as the added consideration of ensuring that every aspect of the development would meet the practical requirements of elderly tenants, many of whom are physically disabled or confined to a wheelchair. 

Given the multiple challenges and complications involved in completing a project like this in such a short amount of time, this was a considerable undertaking for our project team. In typical Figurehead style, we successfully reached practical completion in August 2015 – a month ahead of contract completion.

“The quality of the workmanship was excellent and their adherence to timelines was commendable.”

- Michele Lewis | mecwacare