Uniting Pushes Plans To Redevelop Waverley War Memorial Hospital

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Photo credit: Uniting Church

Did you know that a development application has been submitted, for a $340-million redevelopment of the Waverley War Memorial Hospital?

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Uniting Church, the operators of the hospital, is planning to build a residential aged care including an early onset dementia centre and day centre and retirement living with assisted living options with a menu of in-home care services on the site, which operates as a public hospital.

Photo credit: www.waverley.nsw.gov.au 

The redevelopment of Waverley War Memorial Hospital will provide a total of 216 self-care units, 48 aged care beds, 44 hospital beds, and 226 jobs.

The proposal also includes expanded heritage gardens and community facilities including a café, seniors’ gym, men’s shed, landscape zones and points of activation to encourage seamless links to the surrounding community.

Masterplan aerial view (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/

If approved, the maximum building height of the hospital will be increased from part 9.5m and 12.5m, to part 15m and 21m whilst the floor space ratio (FSR) will also go up from 0.6:1 and 0.9:1 to 1.5:1. 

“The 15m height limit is proposed to permit four storeys to the Bronte Road street frontage. The 15m is justified due to the need to accommodate generous floor to ceiling heights that are required to service the additional needs of various seniors housing uses such as residential aged care facilities,” the planning proposal reads.

“The War Memorial Hospital is an important building within the Waverley Estate that will always be preserved and respected and is not being redeveloped.  Whilst the current plan allows for the expansion of hospital services in the future, this would take place in conjunction with NSW Health and be respectful of its heritage,” the Uniting Church has stated.

Artist’s impression of view along Birrell Street (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/)

Plans for other parts of the Waverley Estate are at various stages of planning approval. The planning process is being carried out by Uniting NSW.ACT. 

View along Bronte Road & Church Street (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/)

“We are committed to maintaining our ownership of the Estate and for the newly developed site to play an even greater role in meeting the needs of the local comm,” Uniting Church added.

Uniting first announced our intention to redevelop the site in May 2017. All residents since that time have entered on short-term Residential Tenancy Agreements. 

A spokesperson for Uniting said residents were relocated to other Uniting sites close by or placed with other providers, with independent living residents to stay at the site for ‘some time’ after the residential aged care at the site was closed.