Introducing Uniting Agewell Strathaven Rosetta – Hobart Tasmania

October 19, 2020

Alongside Ningana Sorrell, we will be designing and redeveloping for an existing Aged care home at Strathaven.

The proposal is  for the development of an additional 54 resident rooms and associated Facilities capturing the scenic views of Hobart.

The project will be in partnership with Local Hobart firm – Jaws Architects.


Stay tuned for updates!

Mooroopna Place Completion Update

October 14, 2020

Construction is nearing completion on site for the redevelopment of 100 beds for Mooroopna place Shepparton Villages.

Pictured above to the left is the front façade leading into the Open Reception / Promenade area which will provide a welcoming and warm atmosphere to residents and their families when in need of assistance.


Pictured above to the right shows one of the corridors which leads into the resident rooms located in the Varapodio Way wing.


Stay tuned for more updates!

Golden Rise Community Hub Completion Update

October 05, 2020

The final touches are being added for the official opening of the Interim Community Hub at  Golden Rise  Bendigo.

The hub will provide a range of Community facilities for the first stage of Independent Living Units currently being completed.


Residents will soon be able to utilise the lounge areas, a games and/or theatre space, library,  café and external deck with  expansive views across Bendigo.


Click the link below to see more photographs of the project!

Introducing Uniting Agewell Ningana Sorrell – Hobart Tasmania.

September 29, 2020

We have been awarded the commission for  significant expansion of the existing Aged care home at Sorrell.

We will design an additional 40 beds and new Entry/ Administration block to expand this Home to 100 residents.

The project will be in partnership with Local Hobart firm – Jaws Architects.


Stay tuned for updates

Mooroopna Place Shepparton Villages

September 21, 2020

Mooroopna Place Aged Care redevelopment is completed.

We are proud to announce the completion of the 100 bed redevelopment of Mooroopna place for Shepparton Villages.

This project has come in on time, on budget and represents a significant achievement during this challenging Covid times.

All parties worked cohesively to make this a success  and Shepparton Villages look forward to bringing their new residents into the new facility over the coming months.

Mercy Place Bethlehem Interim Community Hub

September 02, 2020

Construction for Mercy Place Bethlehem Interim Community Hub is now complete.


This project will facilitate  a new Community space for Independent Living Unit residents. The space incorporates a variety of lounge areas, a games and/or theatre space, library and café.

The space opens out to an external deck with sweeping views over Bendigo and surrounds.

The newly opened  communal space is integral to the delivery of the new residential Village which is to be named Golden Rise.

Introducing Mercy Place Rosebud Community Hub and facility Refurbishment

August 23, 2020

We are currently designing  a new Community Hub  for the existing Mercy Palace Rosebud Aged Care Home. The space shall provide a spacious open area at the entry.


The design elements will include;


  • New reception space.

  • Café and seating

  • Library and sitting space.

  • Bifold doors to access the north garden.

  • New gym equipment for active living.


The new Café will be the focal point of the entry area, serving beverages and light refreshments, while  both the café and Library will connect to the north-facing garden and exercise area.

The aesthetic  will take its cues from the seaside environs, offering a beachy feel using both colour and texture for the new spaces.

These key spaces are part of the central “Hub” of the home, and will provide residents and their families with lively and welcoming spaces to enjoy.


Planning has been submitted and we expect the redevelopment to be completed by Christmas.

Stay tuned for updates.

MECWA Mont Albert

August 20, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we have just obtained the planning Permit for the multi -level redevelopment of MECWA Mont Albert and will commence construction soon.

The proposed redevelopment for this aged care facility will be accommodating 100 residents in large rooms and Suites over three levels, with  a  lower Ground car park and services.

This facility will  offer a fresh and  a comforting new home for all it’s residents.


Stay tuned for more updates!

Blackburn Building

August 09, 2020

Construction for Blackburn commercial fit-out is now complete. This project refurbishment includes, a formal reception, a large board room, offices spaces for over 20 staff and staff kitchenette and amenities.


The soft and simple colour pallet with the contrast of bold and raw materials timber, concrete and black steel create a rich and lively environment.

Brookfield Residence

August 05, 2020

We are currently completing the final touches to  a new  2 level Contemporary residence in Kensington.


The design focuses on developing an open plan layout for a young family within a confined site. The concept takes a sympathetic stance to integrating the front elevation into the typical Victorian streetscape whilst ensuring that the Interiors are flooded in light.

Features include passive house design elements and active solar and water retention systems to minimise the carbon footprint.


Interiors include polished concrete floors and recycled timber and masonry elements as a nod to the past.


Starting Soon.

Design Update - Doutta Galla Yarraville Village and Woornack Aged Care

July 29, 2020

We are currently refurbishing a series of spaces at Doutta Galla Yarraville Village and Woornack Aged Care.


Pictured above to the left is the proposed Café located in the existing dining room, which will allow residents and their loved ones to obtain refreshments.

Pictured above to the right is the proposed Hairdressers Salon, with the crisp pallet featuring timber finishes, brushed copper and calm blues tones creates a welcoming space.


Stay tuned for more updates.

Design Update – Blackburn Offices

July 12, 2020

We are currently designing a refurbishment to a three-story commercial building in Blackburn.


The proposed new façade will bring the building forward towards the boundary to allow for a new lift. Charcoal aluminium framing and a two-tone curtain wall present a modern, corporate appearance to the street.


Stay tuned for further updates.

Office Update - Working from Home

July 05, 2020

The PTA Architecture team will mainly be working remotely for in the coming weeks. The team can still be contacted on 9376 6162.

Introducing Mercy Place Colac Refurbishment

June 29, 2020

We are currently designing and documenting a proposed refurbishment for Mercy Place Colac.


A new Café will be the focal point of the entry area, serving beverages and light refreshments, while the new Pub will connect to the north-facing alfresco BBQ area. An expansion of the Chapel will more than double the current seating capacity for large services, and the Hair Parlour will be expanded and refurbished. These key spaces are part of the central “Hub” of the home, and will provide residents and their families with lively and welcoming spaces to enjoy.

Stay tuned for updates.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

June 21, 2020

Our Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place project is progressing on site, with works expected to be complete soon.


Pictured above to the left is the timber ceiling of the curved entry promenade of the administration wing. Pictured above to the right is one of the resident room corridors, with bright colours identifying the entry of the resident rooms.

Future of Aging Awards - Mercy Place Ballarat

May 31, 2020

PTA Architecture is very pleased to announce that Mercy Place Ballarat has been Highly Commended in the category Property & Design, at the Future of Aging Awards, 2019.

This awards recognises the innovative "small scale living” house model implemented in Mercy Place Ballarat. The three level home provides 14 separate houses where eight residents share a domestic-sized dwelling including their own dining, kitchen, and lounge spaces. These spaces are complimented on the ground floor where the public face is the main street - offering retail communal and community facilities such as the Café, Supermarket, Activity Hub and other complimentary retail spaces for resident’s use.

Click on the link below to see more images for the finished project.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

May 24, 2020

Work is progressing at our Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place project. Externally the cladding is being installed while the internal fit out is taking shape.

Pictured above is the main entry point of the building, leading into the curved administration wing.

Introducing Mercy Place Bethlehem Community Hub

May 17, 2020

We have just obtained the Building Permit for the Community Hub component of the new Mercy Bethlehem Independent Living Unit (ILU) development, and construction will commence shortly.


The new Community Hub will provide community facilities for residents of the first stage of the ILU development which includes 25 units.

Residents will soon be able to enjoy the hub facilities in the refurbished aged care buildings, offering a generous mix of Lounge areas, a Library and Theatre space, a games space, and Café-style eatery. The design includes both internal and external decked areas, with picturesque views across Golden Square. The Community Hub is linked to the existing Aged Care Home and offers a new level of continuum of care within the precinct.


Click the link below fo more images of this exciting project.

Construction Commences - Blackburn Office Fit-Out

May 11, 2020

Construction has commenced at our latest commercial project, a corporate office fit-out in Blackburn. The completed project will include Offices, a large Board Room, formal Entry and Reception, as well as a new staff Kitchen and Amenities. Stay tuned for further site updates.

Introducing Craigcare Moonee Ponds

May 03, 2020

We are currently preparing designs for Craigcare Moonee Ponds, located at 88 Holmes St Moonee Ponds, which is the former Essendon District & Memorial Hospital.


The five storey building was previously converted into a 115 bed aged care home on the upper floors, together with a mixture of childcare and commercial uses at the lower levels.


Our proposal is to refurbish and extend the existing aged care home and provide additional resident rooms through three stages of development.

The completed building is envisaged to have two new residential aged care floors above the existing roof level, offering open communal and retail spaces and generously sized resident rooms with magnificent views of the Melbourne CBD skyline and surrounding suburbs.

Stay tuned for the design updates coming soon!

Design Update - Shepparton Villages

April 19, 2020

The Hairdressing Salon is an integral part of the Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place project, providing a focal point for residents, staff and family alike.

The Salon is located  in the Community Hub and is adjacent to the formal entry, thus ensuring the activation of the space within the new Home.

​The soft material pallet features white, timber and light green to create a calm and welcoming space.

Office Update - Working from Home

April 13, 2020

The PTA Architecture team is now working from home, pictured above is a selection of our home offices. Stay tuned for design updates!

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

April 05, 2020

Amidst the global pandemic, work is still progressing in Shepparton Villages. Hats off to the construction workers and the contractors who make it possible by staying safe. Pictured above is the main building entry, into the administration wing.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Office Update - Business As Usual

March 29, 2020

PTA Architecture plans to maintain business as usual during this uncertain time.

We have now closed our office doors but remain fully operational as we work remotely. We are determined to keep our projects on schedule in every way we can while keeping our staff, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and clients safe.

Above Image: Southern Cross Care Dandenong

Office Update - COVID-19

March 22, 2020

Statement from Philip Templeton, Director of PTA Architecture:

Due to the current challenging times due to the outbreak of COVID-19, PTA is taking steps to ensure the safety of both staff and clients.

We understand that the industry will feel the economic effects of this pandemic and we will endeavour to work cooperatively with all affected parties to ensure business can continue as per normal.

We have instructed our staff that site visits must be kept to a minimum for the foreseeable future, especially to aged care facilities. Where possible, we will conduct meetings via phone or video calls to minimise unnecessary contact.

Staff have also been instructed to monitor their health and to stay home if there are any concerns over contracting or spreading the virus. Our staff have the capabilities to work from home if need be on our current projects, which will ensure minimal delays.

We have also implemented additional hygiene practices within our office, such as:
• Increased frequency of hand washing
• Disinfecting surfaces
• Providing hand sanitizer
• Reduction of air conditioning use

Our team is informed and are being diligent regarding the spread of COVID-19 and we want to reassure all parties whom we interact with that we will continue to do everything we can to remain safe and operational.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

March 15, 2020

The external cladding is being installed at our Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place project. Pictured on the right in the photo above is one of the the two new internal courtyards which will be landscaped to provide residents with a variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy.


Work is now turning to the internal areas which are beginning to take shape. Pictured on the left in the photo above is the curved promenade of the administration area, which links the existing and new aged care wings.

Finishing Touches - Flinders Lane Apartment

March 09, 2020

Construction is nearing completion at our Flinders Lane Apartment project. Pictured above is the new kitchen with stone benchtops and island bench.


The alterations to the apartment include the addition of a concealed walk-in pantry and laundry. The industrial aesthetic of the original heritage building has been retained through the exposed structure and services on the ceiling, which have been painted white to emphasise the height of the space.

Construction Complete - PEGS Sports Pavilion

March 01, 2020

Construction of the sports pavilion extension is now complete at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. The extension doubles the number of football change rooms supporting the Keilor East sporting grounds, which will accommodate the growing number of girls playing football.

The new pavilion is connected to the existing through a large entry arbour and through a complimentary material palette.

Click the button below to see more images of the completed project.

MECWACare Golf Day

February 23, 2020

Last week PTA Architecture director Philip and associate Vignesh attended the MECWACare Annual Charity Golf Day at Kew Golf Club.

Vignesh, Philip and MECWACare CEO Michelle Lewis are pictured here enjoying lunch after the game.

ArchiSoccer Season

February 16, 2020

Our second ArchiSoccer campaign is coming to a close this week after another season of teamwork with Silver Thomas Hanley Architecture. We have enjoyed the competitive and social nature of the season, and are looking forward to our final match.

Introducing Royal Freemasons Victoria Re-cladding Projects

February 09, 2020

PTA Architecture are currently undertaking the design and project management of two re-cladding projects for Royal Freemasons Victoria. The two buildings are Coppin Centre and Redmond Park, both of which are clad in aluminum composite panels which require replacement under the VBA and local council code compliance.


The project is currently at the tender stage, with an expectation for the replacement to be completed by late this year.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

February 02, 2020

Work has commenced on the external cladding at Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place, including the brickwork pictured. Internally the spaces are taking shape, with plastering and other finishes being installed.

Click on the image above to see more construction progress images.

Introducing Doutta Galla Yarraville Village

January 27, 2020

We are excited to have started designing a series of upgrades at Doutta Galla Yarraville Village. These are intended to refurbish key communal areas, including the main dining room and small lounge spaces, as well as upgrade staff facilities.

The image above shows the proposed cafe in the existing dining room, which will supplement the main kitchen, to provide residents with refreshments.

Site Update - PEGS Sports Pavilion

January 19, 2020

Construction is progressing well at the PEGS Sports Pavilion, with finishing touches to the external building work, and landscaping to be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Pictured above is the central entry pergola which connects the new and existing pavilions, and creates a visual link between the arrival area and football field.

Site Update - Flinders Lane Apartment

January 12, 2020

Work is nearing completion on site at our Flinders Lane apartment project. Joinery and painting is currently being undertaken, with the finishing touches to be finalised in the next couple of weeks.

Pictured is the Master Bedroom, which includes a make-up nook with luxurious feature wallpaper and front-lit mirror.

Stay tuned for photos of the completed project.

ArchiSoccer & Christmas Break

December 15, 2019

PTA Architecture have enjoyed the first half of the ArchiSoccer season, joining with Silver Thomas Hanley Architecture again for our second season together. We look forward to a competitive second half of the season after the break.

Our last business day will be Friday, 20th December 2019 and we will reopen on Monday, 13th January 2020.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Construction Complete - Lorne Street

December 08, 2019

Construction is now complete at our Lorne Street residence in Moonee Ponds!

Click the link below to see more photographs of the project, which includes a new open plan living, dining and kitchen area, new bathrooms, and refurbishment of the bedrooms and study.

Heathcote Health Aged Care Alterations and Additions

November 17, 2019

PTA Architecture is currently working on a number of projects for Heathcote Health Aged Care including Master Planning.

Through this, we aim to redesign and extend a variety of spaces to improve the quality of life for the residents and their families.


Stayed tuned for more design updates!  

Master Planning in Mansfield

November 05, 2019

PTA Architecture is currently designing a Master Plan for the Kareen Hills Estate in Mansfield, which is proposed to include independent living units, and aged care facility, and community hub.


We recently met with Taungurung representatives to discuss the Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural significance of the site and wider area. Testing will be undertaken on the proposed site, which will further inform the Master Plan design.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

October 27, 2019

The administration wing slab has been poured and the framing is taking shape at Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place. The entry point is identified by the canopy and curved facade, which links the refurbished and new residential wings.

Site Update - Lorne Street

October 20, 2019

The final touches are being added to the rear external area at our Lorne Street residential project. The generous deck will link the open-plan kitchen, dining and living spaces to the landscaped backyard through large, glass sliding doors. Designed for year-round entertaining, the roof will provide the deck with protection from the elements, while letting natural light in.

Construction Commencing - Flinders Lane Apartment

October 13, 2019

We are excited to announce that work on our Flinders Lane Apartment is commencing on site this week.

The works includes the redesign of the kitchen with adjacent butler's pantry, and the main bedroom including ensuite and walk-in-robes. The balance of the spaces, including the generous living and dining areas, will also be refurbished with a contemporary material palette. Stay tuned for site updates.

Image: Existing conditions on site

Construction Commences - PEGS Sports Pavilion

October 06, 2019

Construction has commenced on the Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School Sports Pavilion extension. The new pavilion sits adjacent to the existing, and will double the number of change rooms available for school and club sport. Stay tuned for site updates.

Site Update - Shepparton Villages

September 29, 2019

Site preparation for the new building is currently being undertaken at Shepparton Villages Mooroopna Place, following the completion of the demolition stage. The slab for the administration wing will be poured in the coming weeks.

Global Climate Strike

September 22, 2019

On Friday 20th September, PTA Architecture joined over 100,000 others in Melbourne for the Global Climate Strike, demanding government action on climate change. Over 600 Australian architecture firms have committed to supporting industry change which addresses the impact of the changing climate and biodiversity loss.

Archi Soccer Season 2019-20

September 15, 2019

PTA Architecture are excited to announce that we will be joining with Silver Thomas Hanley [architecture] for the 2019-20 Archi Soccer season, following our successful first season last year. We are looking forward to kick off in the next couple of months!

Concept Design - Echuca Courtyard Houses

September 08, 2019

PTA Architecture are currently preparing concept design sketches for a series of proposed Interdependent Living Units (ILUs) in Echuca. The proposed ILUs form part of a larger Master Planning project for the Echuca Community for the Aged.


The proposed development features a range of passive design principles, such as large eaves and considered building orientation, which are well suited to the local climate. Each house is centered around a courtyard, which presents an alternative to the typical backyard for private open space. This enables the backyard to function as a open, community space, connecting residents.

Site Update - Lorne Street

September 01, 2019

External building works are almost complete at our Lorne Street residence, with the focus shifting to the internal works. Plastering, tiling and joinery currently being undertaken throughout the house.

Shown here is the newly extended corridor, transitioning from the old Victorian entry to the modern addition, and the main bathroom featuring a wall of stunning marble tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern.

Design Update - Flinders Lane Apartment

August 25, 2019

Design is progressing on our Flinders Lane apartment project. The internal refurbishment brings a rich pallet of materials to the large, open-plan space, to compliment the original 1930s design. The design remodels the existing kitchen and provides a discrete butler's pantry, a generous island bench, and a compact study nook.

Construction is anticipated to commence in the next couple of months, stay tuned for updates.

Introducing the Simon Price Centre

August 19, 2019

The proposed design for the MecwaCare Simon Price Centre in Mont Albert is currently being reviewed by the local council.

The proposed redevelopment will provide a new state of the art “Ageing in Place” environment, accommodating 100 Residents in a mix of rooms and Suites over three levels.

The facade design intends to break up the overall building, into both vertical and horizontal elements, thereby setting up a rhythm of articulated facades along Strabane Avenue. This represents the residential nature of a typical Mont Albert Home.

Demolition Underway - Shepparton Villages

August 11, 2019

Demolition is well underway at Shepparton Villages, Mooroopna Place.


Demolition of the southern wing will precede construction of a new wing of resident rooms, designed around courtyards and communal dining areas. The northern section of the existing building is to be retained, and will undergo extensive remodeling and refurbishment.

Nurse Station Upgrade Complete for Heathcote Health

August 04, 2019

Stage one of upgrade works to the nurse station at Heathcote Health are now complete. These works included new joinery and finishes, and glass screen to the existing nurse station. Stage two will be undertaken in the coming months.

Planning Approval Received - Hyde Business Park

July 28, 2019

Ten new office/warehouses are proposed for Hyde Street in Footscray, located close to the port and industrial areas. These double storey units provide flexible spaces for commercial, industrial and retail businesses.


Town Planning endorsement has now been received, and construction documentation will now be undertaken.  Maribyrnong City Council are pleased with the design outcome for the site and the transition to industrial use.

Child and Family Learning Centers

July 21, 2019

PTA Architecture are currently undertaking a review of the Child and Family Learning Centers (CFLC) briefing document developed in 2010 for the Tasmanian Department of Education.


Director Philip Templeton, in collaboration with JAWS Architects, has undertaken post-occupancy evaluation visits to existing CFLCs to assess built outcomes against the brief. This new brief document will form the basis of the functional requirements for the upcoming round of CFLCs to be designed throughout Tasmania.

Image: Georgetown Child and Family Centre. Image credit: JAWS Architects

Site Update - Lorne Street

July 14, 2019

Work is progressing on site at our Lorne Street residential project, with brick work almost complete. The large timber sliding doors and box window are ready to be installed, which will create a strong connection between the living areas and the landscaped backyard.

Design Update - Mercy Place Boronia

July 07, 2019

Design is progressing on Mercy Place Boronia. The elevation design is driven by a need to shade the entry facade from the harsh western sun. Vertical timber battens and balconies have been used to limit direct sunlight onto the windows.

Wellington Street Residence

June 30, 2019

Design is progressing to give new life to the heritage listed Wellington Street Residence, located within Nathan’s Terrace.


Rear alterations and additions are proposed to the residence to provide a compact kitchen and dining area, and first floor study. Cantilevered angled slit windows have been designed to prevent overlooking from the study in the tight suburban site in Flemington, while giving views to the city.

Stay tuned for design updates.

Early Sketches - Intergenerational Learning

June 24, 2019

Schematic design work has begun for an intergenerational learning space on the site of Mercy Place Bethleham in Bendigo. The program will see year 10 students study at the proposed school, and undertake practical Aged Care based learning in addition to their core subjects.


Catherine McAuley College and Mercy Health will jointly facilitate the project, which aims to improve quality of life for the residents, and learning outcomes for the students. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project.

Indoor Conservatory for Echuca Residents

June 16, 2019

The proposed extension to an existing aged care home includes 12 new bedrooms, as well as new living and dining spaces. The communal lounge room has been designed as an indoor conservatory with a fully glazed façade, sheltered under the Dutch gable roof and featuring exterior timber-look batten screening.

The proposed work is part of a future long-term Masterplan for the Echuca Community for the Aged.

Construction Complete!

June 10, 2019

Construction has been recently completed at the Chaucer Street residence in Moonee Ponds. The renovation of an existing 1890s Boom style residence includes new bathrooms and laundry, and a new open plan living and dining area at the rear.

Check out the finished photos by clicking on the link below.

Turning of the Sod in Shepparton

June 02, 2019

PTA Architecture was excited to attend the Turning of the Sod ceremony with Shepparton Villages at Mooroopna Place last week. Associate Vignesh, and Director Philip are pictured here second and third from the right, with members of the AW Nicholson construction team.


Alterations and additions to the existing 100 bed Aged Care Home will be commencing soon.


Follow the link below for an article by Shepparton News on the state-of-the-art project and local community.

Sporting Pavilion Tender Begins

May 26, 2019

The Tender stage has begun for the Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School Sports Pavilion extension. This addition to the earlier pavilion, completed in 2010 by PTA Architecture, adds four new changing rooms, designed for use by multiple sports and teams simultaneously, along with seated viewing areas.

This project is currently in the tender stage, with construction anticipated to commence in September 2019. Updates to follow.

Interdependent Living Units Under Construction

May 19, 2019

Stage one construction of the Mercy Place Bethlehem Interdependent Living Units has commenced. Stage one includes 21 units, and when complete the site, in Bendigo, is designed to have a total of 176 units. The mix of different unit types and sizes surround the existing Aged Care Home, and the Master Plan features shared facilities in the proposed on-site Community Hub.