DCL Refurbishment Update

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2 Jun 2021

Dear Residents, Relatives, and Friends of Buckland,

Happy June everyone. Being the start of winter, I hope you’ve all been keeping nice and warm. It is with great pleasure that I write to you today to give you the second update on the progress of the Donald Coburn Lodge (DCL) refurbishment as well as a quick summary of yesterday’s relative Zoom meeting.


The site set up has been officially completed for the first stage of the refurbishment and the following has taken place over the last two weeks:

  • Disconnection and relocation of services
  • Demolition works were undertaken in the following areas:
    • Courtyard between DCL main lounge and Lower Studios
    • DCL studios courtyard
    • Upper studios dining room
    • DCL main lounge and surrounding rooms (Hairdresser, respite rooms, etc.)
    • External area of the lower studios
  • Detail excavation to the Courtyard
  • Ongoing services location

In addition to the above, an inspection was undertaken by engineers to review and inspect the changes. I have attached a couple photos for your reference in the next page.

Over the next two weeks, demolitions will continue to the areas mentioned above as well as the concrete works to the courtyard.

We are fortunate that to date we only had a few incidents. Two weeks ago, a sprinkler pipe broke during the demolition process which triggered a fire alarm and flooded the entire construction site within seconds. This incident did not affect any residents other than the very annoying fire alarm which kept going for half hour.

Another incident took place last Friday when the construction crew cut a powerline which left the occupied rooms 31-39 without functioning PowerPoints for 4 days.

Zoom Relative meeting:

Our Zoom relative meeting was held yesterday, and we had 16 attendees. I would like to thank all attendees for their positive comments and kind words during the meeting. Items discussed included:

  • Buckland continues to restrict staff working at one site only.
  • Resident vaccination rates are at 94% vaccinated.
  • Staff started attending the vaccination clinic in Nepean.
  • All visitors are required to provide evidence of influenza vaccination upon entry.

We also discussed plans to remove the lawn from the roof top and exchange it with artificial grass. We currently have a croquet lawn in the village and the retirement village residents have agreed to relocate the croquet lawn to the rooftop. This would enable us to create some additional 16 to 20 parking spots at Buckland.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue with the works ahead. If you have any questions or concerns, our Building Liaison officer Matt Szucs can be contacted on 0478 172 288, or you can contact me directly on (02) 4752 2500.

Warm Regards,

Johannes Brockhaus
Chief Executive Officer