Project 101: Four floors up

Thursday 8 November 2018

Sacred Heart Mission

In 2016 we launched Project 101, a $27.3 million multi-stage redevelopment of the buildings between the corners of Robe and Grey streets, which currently incorporates our residential care buildings, the Hands on Health Clinic and Women’s House.

Once complete Project 101 will increase the total number of beds in our residential care buildings to 97, and provide an additional 14 beds for people experiencing homelessness and social disadvantage through the construction of a brand new supported rooming house.

‘Project 101 is a major redevelopment for Sacred Heart Mission,’ Property and Facilities Manager Peter Hills says.

‘We have experienced a significant increase in demand for services, so it became imperative to provide fit-for-purpose buildings that meet the demand and support a more cohesive and efficient delivery of services.’

By providing a greater range of accommodation and support, SHM can prevent the need for premature entry into residential aged care services and reduce the number of older people experiencing homelessness.

The redevelopment will also establish a centralised administration office for SHM, and enhanced areas for health and well-being as well as women’s services, integrating the broad range of services we offer into one seamless continuum.

‘Project 101 will allow our programs to run more smoothly due to the co-location of staff administering them, as well as the departments which support service delivery,’ Peter says.

‘We will be able to provide a better quality of service for our clients, but also improve that sense of community – everyone will have access to the care and service they require.’

The project team is working to deliver the redevelopment on time and within budget. Since breaking ground in May 2016, the team has transformed the old car park and annex that joined the Old Primary School and 101 Grey Street into a concrete and steel structure that will eventually be home to our residents.

The first, second and third floor has been constructed, with the fourth nearing completion. Once the structure is completed, we will transform open expanses into individual and comfortable rooms as well as update communal areas.

The residents have become so much a part of the process they decided to create a time capsule, which has been incorporated into one of the cement pillars. Its location will be marked with a plaque that honours all past and present residents.

What’s next?
By the end of December, residents from the existing 101 Grey St building will be moving into one of the new buildings to make way for the renovation and expansion of the original building. The remainder of Sacred Heart Community will move into the new building once the renovation and expansion has been completed in late 2019. The remaining stages of Project 101 plan to be completed by late 2021.
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