Extension of St Vincent de Paul expected to start operating from next year
The Parliamentary Secretary for People with Disability and Active Ageing, Anthony Agius Decelis, has announced that as from next year, the extension which is being built on an area of 33,500 square metres near the St Vincent de Paul residence, should start operating.
The extension will house 500 elderly people who are highly dependent because of acute medical problems. 70 of the 200 wards will be dedicated to those who suffer from dementia. The extension will also include various facilities some of which do not yet exist at St Vincent.
Around 2,000 square metres will be dedicated to an open space and a basement which has already been built and which will include an underground car park.
The residence Chief Executive, Dr Josianne Cutajar, said that the extension on the design that respects the existing building’s architectural style was made by former Minister, Architect George Pullicino.
The project’s implementation will be carried out by a consortium led by Architect Darren Sciberras. He explained that an innovative system is being used with the work, consisting of a reinforced concrete framework, is progressing well with some 1,500 square metres of building constructed each week.
“This is practically an avant garde system of building a fast track project, and at the same time one abides by regulations and codes which we, as architects, have to respect”.
Parliamentary Secretary Agius Decelis said that the extension is being built at an investment of €30 million and described this as the largest Government investment in the sector of caring for the elderly in the last 25 years.
He added that with this project, the Government is gearing up both for today’s challenges which include a waiting list for elderly people who are highly dependent, as well as future challenges because of the increase in the number of elderly and people with dementia.