Two new Uniting Aged Care developments 23rd Jan. 2012
Supporting the next generation of Victorian Elders. Two new landmark projects for Uniting Aged Care are now operational. Melbourne Managing Director Tieran Kimber has worked with the group for the past four years to deliver both projects at Kingsville and Noble Park.
Tieran noted that the two sites are quite different in their delivery of care services. "The Kingsville project follows the CCRC (Continuous Care Retirement Communities) model prevalent in the United States, and incorporates a separately branded but co-located retirement living facility, and community support services. The Noble Park facility was completely redeveloped, but built on its existing reputation as a centre for community services, with day care services creating a community energy mixed with the high and low care beds."
A close working relationship with our client Uniting Aged Care has meant a great result for these two developments.
For more information contact Tieran Kimber.
Island Life - Building Design in Papua New Guinea 18th Jan. 2012
ThomsonAdsett has been fortunate to receive several design commissions in PNG and surrounding island nations. Principals Tim Bentley and Ben Kearney are commuting from Cairns into the tropics every few weeks to service a wide range of projects, including an international school, commercial buildings, resorts and an upmarket hotel bar.
Top 100 Architecture Firm 12th Jan. 2012
ThomsonAdsett is once again humbled to be listed amongst the world's Top 100 architectural firms as published in an annual worldwide survey by BD World Architecture.
"Being a large firm means we can specialise in several areas. In a climate of recession we have focused on building our core discipline areas of Seniors Living, Commercial, Health Care and Education," said Group Managing Director Chris Straw.
"These disciplines mirror our clients' industries and together represent over 90% of our work. We have also identified emerging specialist discipline areas and are committed to incubating these. Having this specialist discipline focus allows our designers to become true specialists in their areas of expertise. We have identified our future as being a specialist design practice."
For more information on the Top 100 visit http://www.bdonline.co.uk/wa-100
State of the Union - Studying and Advancing Global Eldercare (SAGE) in the US 3rd Jan. 2012
ThomsonAdsett Principals Chris Straw and Matthew Hutchinson were joined by a group of 30 Australian seniors living facility operators and developers on a SAGE study tour to the United States. The tours were created by ThomsonAdsett in partnership with industry peak bodies to provide the Australian seniors living industry with insights into the delivery of seniors living from international examples.
The group explored several fascinating approaches to delivering seniors living, including a 'virtual retirement village' in Beacon Hill, Boston which did not have any physical buildings at all but rather linked together a community of seniors; Selfhelp in New York, which uses technology to connect seniors together at home and between its day centres; and Leonard Florence Center for Living with an innovative 'Green House' model, which moves away from wards and wings and towards domestic scale 'houses' with 8-10 rooms each.
Delegates also attended the biennial International Ageing conference held by the global peak aged care body IAHSA in Washington, DC. At the conference Chris Straw had the opportunity to sit on the review panel sharing innovative international care facilities with the conference attendees.
SAGE study tours have been operating since 2006. ThomsonAdsett organises the study tours in partnership with the three Australian peak bodies for retirement living and aged care; ACSA, ACAA and RVA.
For more information on the facilities visited on tour contact Matthew Hutchinson.