Construction To Meet The Evolving Nature Of Aged Care

With a mix of premium retirement apartments and residential aged care suites, Carmelite sets a new benchmark for the delivery of retirement living in Adelaide. The 5-storey development features 73 residential care units, 38 two-bedroom assisted living units and areas for allied health services, including a therapy pool. The vertically integrated style of apartments and aged care accommodation, combined with state of the art facilities, is a first of its kind in South Australia.

Southern Cross procured Carmelite via Managing Contractor and engaged Sarah Constructions early in the design phase, to set the project budget in collaboration with the project team. The key remit was to ensure delivery of the project within time and cost constraints.  Sarah procured early trade packages to mobilise works, whilst the design was being detailed and completed.  Three “cost plan” review hold points were established upfront to ensure the project remained within budget.

Carmelite is constructed from a reinforced concrete frame superstructure with a mixture of façade cladding types, including various building projections and window boxes. For Southern Cross Care, this flagship project represents a progressive next chapter in their delivery of aged care services.


  • Winner Retirement Living/ Aged Care (SA Chapter) - 2019 Master Builders Australia Building Excellence Awards
  • High Commendation 2019 Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards (SA Chapter) - Commercial Construction $50+ Million

“Sarah Constructions have again provided Southern Cross Care with an amazing result and along the way, have demonstrated their difference in being a builder who focuses on collaboration, client support and a quality outcome.”  

Daniel Rosato, Group Manager - Development, Southern Cross Care

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