Project Specifications

Southern Cross Care

$14.5 million

Keon Park, Victoria

July 2013

Construction of a new 96-bed aged-care facility.


This project was for the construction of a new aged-care facility on a greenfield site.

This new development boasts 96 rooms spread over three double-storey buildings with large communal and meeting areas. The main residential houses are split in half with 16 rooms in each giving the facility a homely feel. The administration and services block includes a large commercial kitchen for on-site preparation of meals as well as a chapel, hair salon and library for residents’ use.

This is our second project with Connect Project Management and one of 10 projects with architects, Smith and Tracey.


The poor soil conditions in the locality resulted in a change of scope. The original design called for a conventional pier and beam slab. During design and development, we amended the structure of the building to allow for the more efficient option of a waffle-pod ground-floor slab founded on bored piers. This saved time and significant money for the client and eliminated the risk and requirement for any blinding.

Due to the change of structure we were able to deliver the project four weeks ahead of program.

Project Contact

Guy Finnis
General Manager VIC

Guy has a wealth of experience within the construction industry. With roles as Design Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager and General Manager, he has successfully completed many projects over the 22 years in the industry. His project portfolio includes sectors such as health, commercial, industrial and residential – new constructions, refurbishments and fit outs. Guy’s strength is his strong collaborative skills, and ability to bring the best out of people and a project.