BACK ON TRACK: Whiddon Kelso’s director of care services Nicole Mahara and Andrew Symons, site manager for Grindley Construction, on site yesterday at the $14 million expansion of the local aged care facility. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081915cwhiddn2A $14 million aged care project at Kelso is back on track.
The Whiddon Group’s plan to expand its residential care home was thrown into turmoil in early July when the company in charge of the project went into liquidation.
The demise of Keystone Projects came as a shock to the teams of tradies working on the expansion, but most of them are now back on site and working for the new team in charge from Grindley Construction.
In the meantime, Whiddon says the appointed Keystone administrator will follow due process in matters relating to all creditors.
When completed, the project will add 60 aged care beds to the nursing home.
The additional rooms will all be private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. There will also be an on-site cafe, restaurant-style dining rooms and a beauty salon.
Whiddon Kelso says construction is again well underway just over five weeks since Keystone Projects went into voluntary liquidation.
In the week following the liquidation, Whiddon secured Grindley Construction as the new partner and began re-engaging subcontractors who were previously working under Keystone Projects.
The majority have been retained, including Bathurst Electrical, Tanner Plumbing, Dunbar Scaffolding and Jim Grives Bricklaying.
Whiddon’s director of care services Nicole Mahara said the expansion was now about one month away from completion.
“We have achieved a number of key milestones over the past few weeks, including the pouring of the new road and driveway that leads to our new entrance,” she said.
“Over the next few weeks the subbies will be working on landscaping, painting and the electrical fit off, and our Whiddon team will be fitting out the interior of the home prior to opening.
“The worksite has regained its buzz and, with the subcontractors back on-site, work is really progressing once again.
“We are around one month out now and, with inquiries and our wait list continuing to grow, we are looking forward to opening the new wing and welcoming our new residents.
“A few of our team travelled to Sydney last Saturday to help at the opening of our new home in Glenfield [also by Grindley Construction] and having seen the finished product and heard the wonderful feedback from families, we are very excited for our own opening.
“The support that we’ve received has been fantastic, our residents, staff, families and community have been great and very understanding and we have been working with Grindley Construction and the local team.
“We’ve had barbecues on-site and invited the builders to join us for a couple of morning teas.”
Grindley Construction site manager Andrew Symons said the past few days had been the busiest at Kelso since Grindley took over.
“We’ve got labourers, concreters, tilers, plumbers, painters, landscapers, electricians, carpenters and many more on-site,” he said.
The new wing at Whiddon Kelso will be opening for tours for the many people on the waiting list and for the community in late September.
New residents will be moving in at the end of September.
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