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Hames Sharley is delighted to share that Rocky Bay Belmont has received development approval, making way for a new world-leading community-integrated hub that will respond to the changing needs of people living with disability and neurodiversity in Western Australia.

The new centre will be located on Abernethy Road in the City of Belmont, just four minutes from the local Civic Centre at Ruth Faulkner Park. The campus-style facility co-locates administration, a clinical hub, early learning centre, paediatrics hub, and community and conference training amenities, all oriented around a beautiful ‘Green Oasis’ comprising integrated gardens, plantings and leafy landscapes.

According to Rocky Bay’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Tait, the new hub is perfectly aligned with its values to enable and empower people living with disability to grow with their changing needs and live their best possible life.

“This site will become the centre of our hub and spoke network to ensure our customers don’t have to travel more than 20 minutes to access their supports,” Mr Tait said.

“Over the next few years, we look forward to seeing the site evolve and transform into a truly inclusive, accessible and vibrant place, with the flexibility and scalability to respond to our customers’ emerging needs.”

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The centre aims to set a new benchmark for accessible and inclusive design, with a strong consideration for neurodiverse users. Central to the masterplan is the connection between sanctuary, health and wellbeing, with an immersive ‘Building in the Park’ design that draws the natural world in at every opportunity.

For example, a light-filled central atrium features a spiral ramp that connects all floors, with purposeful aspects to surrounding greenery. The overall vision creates a safe place that is open and welcoming to the community, while offering visitors protection and security from the main street.

“This design enables the architecture to unfold organically, providing a peaceful backdrop that enhances the support Rocky Bay offers its customers, enriching their lives through a thoughtful connection to nature,” said Hames Sharley Associate Director, Andrew Tang-Smith.