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Labrador Gardens: $20.5M next stage starts

Work on stage two of Blue Care Labrador Gardens’ redevelopment will start this month.

Planned is a three-storey building, comprising 128 aged care beds, 16 serviced apartments and a basement car park for 75 vehicles.

Blue Care Property Development Manager James Mantis said Walton Construction Queensland would undertake the work at a cost of $20.5 million.  “We expect this stage to be completed by mid 2008,” Mr Mantis said.

Blue Care initially planned for the stage to be completed over a longer timeframe but fast tracked plans because of an increasing demand for aged care on the Gold Coast.

Mr Mantis said there was a huge demand for beds at the existing Labrador Gardens facility. “The next stage of the redevelopment will bring much-needed accommodation options for older people to the Gold Coast,” he said.

Mr Mantis said the units would allow older people to live independently with confidence in a safe and secure environment supported by Blue Care.

“We are taking expressions of interest in these one bedroom apartments,” he said.

The first stage of the Labrador Gardens redevelopment, a 32-bed dementia and low-care facility, was opened in July last year.  Later stages include more independent living units and facilities for allied health, community nursing and day respite services.

Blue Care is a leading non-profit provider of community health and residential aged care.  Everyday, the organisation cares for and supports 11,000 people through services such as community nursing, allied health, residential aged care and respite.

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