Retirement Living / Aged Care / Health

Maroochydore Disability Housing

Maroochydore, QLD

The Maroochydore Disability Housing project involved the demolition of two housing units in preparation for stage one being the construction of two residential care facility houses containing 9 single occupancy units, and stage two being the construction of one residential independent living facility containing 5 self-contained units. Resident and staff parking, as well as storeroom and a toilet extension to the existing church were also required as part of this project.

Cadence was engaged as a client representative to work closely with the client and the contractors during the design phase of the project.

Prince Charles Hospital, Ellen Barron Family Centre - Mechanical Services Upgrade

Chermside, QLD

The Ellen Barron Family Centre located in a major city suburb of Brisbane has experienced unreliable air conditioning services for a number of years. This project involved the upgrade and refurbishment of the existing air conditioning services whilst maintaining an operational facility delivering specialist parental care to families. The project was procured and delivered via a single stage lump sum design and construct contract.

Cadence Australia's role was turnkey Project Management and Design Services which includes:

  • Project management
  • Programming
  • Superintendent
  • Contract administration

Fire Services in Existing Residential Care Buildings (FSiERCB) Program: Category 2

South Queensland


The key objective of the FSiERCB Program is to ensure the existing facilities are refurbished within the required deadlines to comply with the Queensland Development Code (QDC) MP 2.3.


The scope of works includes the installation of sprinkler systems and other essential fire upgrades to the occupied residential aged care facilities.


The project scope includes:

  • Agreeing a decanting schedule with each facility to enable a staged installation of the sprinkler system.
  • Close liaison with the QFRS and the various local authorities
  • Extensive scheduling and programme management
  • Procuring the 17 sites across 3 regional clusters, multiple head contractors with  a separate site team for each  of the 17 facilities
  • For at least 4 sites, developing design solutions that are compatible with QFRS approved fire engineered alternative solutions.
  • Coordinating the works to take place in typically 100% occupied facilities.


Cadence Australia’s role includes:

  • Design and consultant management
  • Scheduling and programming services
  • Project management and procurement services
  • Superintendents Representative on all projects

Ocean Street



On the Benevolent Society (TBS) site in Ocean Street, Bondi is a circa 1880 heritage home with substantial curtilage, two self-care facilities plus a childcare centre.


In pursuing their long history of community and charitable objectives, TBS sought to implement a highly advanced model of a scheme developed in The Netherlands called the Humanities Model. The 18 month process entailed exhaustive analysis of demographics, community consultation, applicable and acceptable planning regulations, marketing, valuation and financial modelling.


TBS were highly mindful of wanting a design that was acceptable in the community and had maximum return for the residents of the local area.


Cadence Australia was commissioned to assist TBS with advice in the development of the Ocean Street site to meet their brief.


Beyond the standard project management role, Cadence Australia has managed an array of reports and designs for TBS including:

  • Financial modelling that was responsive to social and charity based inputs.
  • Introduction of a measurable ESD targets and goal setting.
  • Coordinating a design that sought best practice in wellness, adaptability and other aged care objectives while having a capped income model.
  • Managment of the research of a broad array of solutions and impacts in the overshadowing, view impact, height, bulk and density of the development due to the site being zones "special use".
  • Integrating community consultation in light of altered traffic generation.


Cadence Australia's years of experience with the Prince Henry site and Little Bay gave us the knowledge and background to deal with the extensive issues resolved in this type of development.

Health Infrastructure (NSW)



Health Infrastructure (HI) delivered two significant Mental Health facilities within the South Eastern Sydney Network. Sydney Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Facility and Prince of Wales Mental Health Intensive Care Unit.


Cadence Australia was commissioned to assist Health Infrastructure to procure both projects from a Project Director’s perspective overseeing the management and coordination of all services to take the projects from initial design through to operation of the facilities. Though this process Cadence Australia was engaged to ensure value for money objectives were being met along with enforcing correct design and construction methods to benefit the end use of the facility.

"Alloura Waters"

Davistown (Stage 10)


Cadence Australia provided project management services for this aged care development on the Davistown Peninsula, set in landscaped gardens on the Central Coast of NSW.


The accommodation consists of one, two and three bedroom villas, one and two bedroom units, and two and three bedroom waterfront apartments.


The village is home to about 300 people, living in 198 dwellings on the waterfront.


Little Bay


WADAC is a rehabilitation centre for women at Landcom’s Prince Henry Development. The site covers an area of 5,300m2 the main building, landscaping and recreational areas.


The development included the construction of two storey building consisting of sleeping quarters, medical rooms, separate dining, conference, office and administration areas.


Cadence Australia project managed the demolition of existing buildings, site remediation, DA design, and the tendering and construction phase of the project. The role continued into the management of the defects liability period and ongoing maintenance of the facility.

"Twin Waters Retirement Village"

Sunshine Coast


Cadence Australia was appointed to assist Central Coast Retirement with this retirement village of 179 two and three bedroom apartments, located by the shores of the Maroochy River on the Sunshine Coast. Cadence Australia's role also included land acquisition advice and Council negotiations.

Niagara Park Residential Village for Seniors


Niagara Park was a planned major Ageing in Place and Aged Care facility to be located on the NSW Central Coast, close to a major urban corridor, with proximity to a railway station, shopping centre and the Gosford CBD. The site of 21,925m2 is dissected by Narara Creek and has a bushland aspect.


The development comprised a vertical retirement village with 194 retirement units, with basement garages, specialty retail outlets and significant community facilities, with staged delivery over 4 stages.


The project involved extensive community liaison and stakeholder management.


Significant environmental and buildability challenges were also a major part of this development with construction on steep land along the edge of Narara Creek. The end result being a tiered vertical village, with all units having on grade accessibility compliance to all common areas and from every single unit.


Cadence Australia were involved with a wide range of tasks on this project including feasibility study, management of authorities including the Department of Water & Energy, RTA, Gosford City Council and developing the concept design to the Operations brief and Aged Care Plan proposed for the Village.

Everglades Retirement Gardens


Everglades was a planned aged care facility on the NSW Central Coast. The 11,660m² site contains a very rare remnant of Umina Coastal Sand Plain Woodlands.


The proposed development involved 52 aged care units over 2 levels with a basement car park and associated facilities, nestled in the centre of the woodlands with a north easterly aspect and a creek running along the western boundary.


The project delivery was planned for 3 stages. Stage 1 being infrastructure and subdivision. Stage 2 being delivery of the first 20 units and the community facilities & Stage 3 the construction of the remaining 32 units.


The biggest challenge for this site was to master plan a development that would co-exist with the ecology and environmental colony surrounding it.


Cadence Australia's role involved the management of authorities including the Department of Environment & Conservation, Dept. of Water & Energy and Gosford City Council through the DA phase of the project, and the procurement, appointment and management of consultants through detailed design development to construction certificate stage.


The project has been meticulously designed to meet the Design and Operational brief developed over many years of experience in caring for our Senior Community.