Regis Chelmer

Completion year 2017

Key People

Alex Saunders

Civil Project Engineer, Principal

Martin O’Connor

Structural Section Manager, Associate

Michael Lanchester

Acoustics Section Manager

Ashley Holm

Electrical Section Manager, Principal

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The aged care industry has undergone significant change in recent years, with the trend towards modern, sophisticated and flexible facilities that are focused on resident care and comfort. The Regis project in Chelmer is a new project that incorporates state of the art design to create a warm and inviting environment for residents whilst ensuring the highest standards of care.

WGE’s involvement encompasses structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire protection, fire engineering, acoustics and sustainability services.

Building a community, not just a facility

The $20 million project involves construction of a new four-level building along with renovation of the existing mansion allowing for 120 low and high care residents, due for completion in 2017. Regis Chelmer includes a café, cinema, hairdressing salon, eZone and landscaped gardens for residents.

The facility has been designed with a number of features that ensure ongoing costs are manageable for future residents such as:

  • Heat recovery air conditioning and constant pressure exhaust systems designed to deliver energy savings
  • A plumbing system has been designed to isolate cold water to each wing and hot water to each floor to minimise service interruptions for residents during routine maintenance

Project challenges included:

  • The design of two internal courtyards to include effective stormwater drainage systems whilst maintaining wheelchair-friendly access to the space
  • To minimise the risk of stormwater entering internal spaces, a graded floor and two independent drainage systems were implemented to cope with Queensland’s heavy rain storms

Utilising digital engineering

WGE provided BIM services to ensure coordination between services and improved communication with contractors and local authorities throughout a complex construction process. Additionally by utilising 3D design techniques our team was able to crystallise the project design intent and develop the construction methodology whilst identifying and minimising any cost or programme risks.