Ryman Healthcare’s Highett retirement village is closing in on being ready for residents to begin moving in.Highett construction project manager Nathan McPherson said ‘’quality outcomes and safe outcomes’’ are the priorities for the team.
‘’All of our team members and contractors are really focused on the quality side of what it is that we're delivering,’’ Nathan said.
‘’We want to really make sure that what we're going to hand over to the residents when they move in will be the delivery of the highest quality.’’
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It hasn’t always been smooth sailing on site with covid restrictions placed on construction sites in recent years requiring the Highett construction team to adapt and rally around each other.
‘’Early days it was a challenge, we only had a limited amount of people on site,” he said.
“We had to prioritise work and only really do one task at a time.
‘’It's a credit to the team when one person falls [is impacted by covid] then others just pick up the slack.
“So that’s been really good from the guys.
“One would go down, the others would just get stuck in.’’
Location of Ryman's Highett retirement village.
The site is only 15km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD, and is just a short distance from the Highett train station, local shopping, Port Phillip Bay and Westfield Southland.
Nathan said it was rare to find such a large piece of land in such a prime location. “This is just one example of the skill of our development team in finding the best areas to build for our future residents.”
The village will include a care centre with residential aged care, as well as specialist dementia care. It will include serviced and independent apartments, an indoor swimming pool, movie theatre, café, and hair and beauty salons.
The first complete building will be home to independent residents and is estimated to be ready in roughly a year.