SA Repat
Daws Road, Daw Park SA.


• 6 bungalow-style cottages for 9-15 residents, built around a Central Park and Plaza, with good access to private and public outdoor areas.
• 2 cottages, each offering 9 places, will be specialist dementia care units – funded by the Commonwealth and SA Health — linked to an 11-place step-down cottage.
• Community facilities including a general store, café, hairdresser, and studio.
• Ancillary administration and back of house and staff facilities.
• Adaptive reuse of the leased heritage B Block building will provide a café and children’s playground and interface with Daws Road.

Construction Cost

Project Completion

Approx. $22M

Estimated opening in early 2023

Design Statement

The design of the cottage-style dementia neighbourhood invokes elements of the bungalow style, featuring prominently within garden suburbs such as the adjacent Colonel Light Gardens. An instrumental figure within the design of Adelaide, Colonel William Light was influenced by garden city movement and Ebenezer Howard in the late 19th century.

Urban planning principles have influenced the spacing and planning of elements at SA Repat. A neighbourhood of six cottages is designed around a central park and amenities, specifically designed for 70 residents with varying levels of severity of symptoms and behaviours.

The cottages will include single rooms with ensuites inclusive of numerous dementia design features, such as domestic-style kitchens where meals are prepared fresh, and generous and reminiscent living areas with safe outdoor access. Clinical and institutional aspects like offices, parking and equipment, do not intrude on the domestic atmosphere.

The HammondCare project is part of the State Government’s long-term response to the Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service, closed in 2017 amid shameful reports of chemical restraint and rough handling of patients.

A recent recommendation in the Royal Commission findings outlined the benefits of smaller, lower density living arrangements for quality aged care, especially for those living with dementia.

The project will generate about 500 construction jobs. When completed, the service will employ up to 95 staff in a range of roles. Work is expected to begin on the project on the 13,000 square metre site later this year subject to project approval.