Narrogin Cottage Homes

Completion year 2017

Civil, Electrical, Structural

Health & Aged Care


Key People

Gary Sollitt

Structural Project Engineer, Principal

Matthew Quin

Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

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The project included the design and construction of a 14 bed facility for people living with dementia. The scope included ensuring the design aligned with the pre-existing supportive environment that would nurture, stimulate and liberate the residents of Narrogin Cottage.

The development was an extension of the existing facility with a focus on using leading edge design philosophy specific for the end function and purpose of the space.

WGE worked with the owners, stakeholders and architectural team to generate a relaxing open space for the residents. The design utilised the latest research and health professional knowledge of the condition.

One of the key project objectives was a focus on the outcome being reflective of the local farming community. The large open communal space has exposed timber trusses and large stone chimney breast to ensure the residents feel at home. The exposed external timber structure creates an inviting environment for residents and their families.

A key structural challenge was the required external aesthetics of the building to utilised exposed timber structures. The site was located within a bush fire zone which generated complications in using this material. WGE developed a strategy of using specific timber species which were resilient to fire spread. The timber sourced for the project was recycled ensuring the structural was not only fire resistant but sustainable as well.

The project was successfully completed on time and on budget in late 2017.