Aspiring Enliven Aged Care Facility

Aspiring Enliven Aged Care Facility

A new facility to aid the care for elderly and dementia patients in Wanaka


Aspiring Enliven Care Centre Partnership Ltd






October 2016

Health & Aged Care
About This Project

Prior to the construction of this residential care facility the elderly in the Upper Clutha area were often having to leave the area for care as the only other facility was constantly at full occupancy.

The project was a JV between the landowners, Aspiring Enliven Care Centre Ltd Partnership and the developer Aspiring Enliven Care/Presbyterian Support Otago.

Aspiring Enliven Aged Care proposed a three stage, 80 bed unit facility to aid the care for the elderly and dementia patients.

Arrow was the ECI Main Contractor (Design and Build) for stage one, which consisted of a 20 bed hospital with a 20 bed secure dementia wing with two secure outdoor areas, located within the Aspiring Enliven Retirement Village and is walking distance from the Wanaka Medical Centre.

The entire building footprint of the stage one is 2,300m2.

Construction of stage one was completed within the 11 months build programme allowing the facility to open in time with many of the residents shifting in shortly after.

Both the hospital and the dementia bedrooms have ensuites supported by kitchens, nurse’s stations, communal areas and sluice rooms.

Unique Aspects

The hospital supports a local funded hospice area which consists of a sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms with ensuites.

The dementia wing was designed with patient care in mind. The corridors are built to be continuous, the court yard is centre of the wing, which includes activates such as gardening, a bird aviary and general relaxation.

The building is supported by state of the art services, including a energy efficient wood chip boiler providing heating to both the floors as well as hot water services. The boiler is backed up with a gas boiler system, cooling is provided to the entire facility via a chiller system this is to combat the extremes in weather from winter to summer.

The building has been planned to accommodate the next two stages. Areas of the building such as the corridors are positioned to continue with the additional stages through smart design. The cladding can be removed while ensuring that the overall structure and design are not compromised. The plant rooms are of generous space to allow for additional mechanical plant to be provided in the future as the facility will go from a 40 bed unit to an 80 bed unit once the two stages are complete.

Incorporated within the design is an additional commercial kitchen and laundry space including additional plant rooms.

A seismic joint was provided to separate the main hospital from the dementia wing to allow the two main sections of the building to act independently. In doing so this reduces damage that otherwise can accumulate at regions of a building where the floor plan significantly changes.