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The Bays Aged Care

Developing a bespoke aged care model for a former bush hospital


The Bays Hospital Group is a not-for-profit healthcare organisation, which was founded 80 years ago as a local bush hospital. Suffering from an ageing and inefficient building, The Bays approached us as a design partner to assist them in creating a new premium aged care service that would cater to a growing and ageing local population. We helped to guide The Bays to design and develop a unique model of care to suit their organisation and community, and a modern facility that is connected to and contributes to the local community.


Located in suburban Hastings, an area characterised by post-war era housing, the design aims to provide uplift to the local character, demonstrating how good design is positively correlated to quality of life. We took cues from the local wetlands and steel plant, balancing the need to represent the industry that supports the area with the natural qualities of the land. The resulting aesthetic draws inspiration from the local context, with the materiality and form reflecting both the natural and industrial elements of the region.

The new double storey, 120-bed aged care facility for The Bays Hospital Group will be developed adjacent to the existing hostel building on their Hastings site. Providing a revitalised new identity for the facility, the design incorporates resident wellness and activities areas as well as community consulting suites and a dialysis facility.

The planning seeks to create a strong sense of community, maximising resident engagement with external areas and courtyards, and providing a lively resident main street that flows through the facility, connecting with each of the resident clusters. A space has also been incorporated to house the ‘pink ladies’ who play a significant volunteer role in supporting local community initiatives.


Due for completion in early 2020, the $20 million first stage will include a 60-bed facility, a new dialysis unit and consulting suites within a modern and state-of-the-art environment.

The centre will provide access to a wider range of living choices that cater for both individual seniors and couples. Most importantly, it will provide a premium service that does not currently exist in this area, reducing the distance people need to travel for care or allowing them to stay in the same area as part of their community.

The Bays Aged Care will be a facility like no other in the area. It is entirely community focused and will serve as an anchor for the local school and church, activating the range of facilities to provide increased activity and interaction.


15 Cool Store Rd, Hastings VIC


Under construction

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