Berhampore rest home starts taking shape
Work has begun on a $35 million retirement community in inner Wellington.
The existing 40-bed Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is being replaced with a new 72-bed home and 57 retirement apartments.
A carefully staged approach will mean the current Kilmarnock Heights Home will remain fully operational until the new home is opened.
"Security fencing has now gone up around the site of the new home and excavation has begun. It's an exciting time," property manager Andrew Hemsley said.
The new home is expected to be completed by October next year, and the apartments will be built in the year following.
Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager, Anna Roberts, said the residents were excited about the development, "watching all the action from one of the home's front lounges".
Resident Peter Johnson had also been observing the project, which had taken several years to plan, come to life.
"It's quite exciting seeing things happening. I've already called dibs on the first room that's built," he said.
When finished, the new project will include a range of amenities such as a café and shop, raised bowling green, hairdressing salon, a sensory garden, family spaces, media room and IT hub, library and recreation rooms.
Enliven is an arm of Presbyterian Support Central.