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Residential Aged Care
Thomas Holt


Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia

Thomas Holt Flame Tree is the new Residential Aged Care project at Kirrawee which backs onto the Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest and Oyster Creek. It consists of 120 states of the art accommodation rooms with their own private ensuite. Each room has floor to ceiling windows and generous furnishings such as a kitchenette.

In addition to the residential accommodation the new building is designed to house a cafe, hairdresser, physiotherapy rooms and multipurpose spaces. Flame Tree is a uniquely built home and is one of Australia's first aged care homes designed as a "smart building".
The proposed redevelopment at Thomas Holt delivers a high standard RACF to the community. It is a contemporary yet sympathetic response to the site and surrounding built environment. 

The flexibility and amenity designed into the building ensures to stand at the pinnacle of Australian aged care for the quality of its care and the depth of its culture. 

Design objectives of this project

The centerpiece of Thomas Holt’s transformation was the technology founded on personal connections between both the members and staff working with ease, security, and comfort of the elderly residents. A lighting scheme that is merely standards-compliant may be functional and efficient to work together with entertainment systems provided throughout the facilities.

At Flame Tree, each room is supplied with a tablet device so residents and their families can access entertainment systems, the nurse call, telephony, point of sale, security, access control and other electronic infrastructure to facilitate real time updates on our resident’s care needs and experiences.

A facility platform called Human Centric Lighting (Circadian Rhythm), which has scientific evidence that lighting does much more than simply provide illumination in every part of the facility can connect the residents, to make them feel better in a day to day activities. These lights which can be color adjusted to encourage melatonin production to induce sleep at night or suppress melatonin production it to induce alertness in the morning.

The Nurse Call System Interfaces into the hand-held bedside via remote dry contact input module to control the blinds and lights. The Patients user interface is through a custom iPad app called One-view which sends the lighting control commands via TCP/IP to the envision gateway to the Dynalite system controlling the lights and blinds. We supplied the Philips Hue lighting in the common areas on all levels installed, E27 pendant fixtures for tunable white to control the color temperature.  System Manager provides and overall floor plan and native supports the timed profiles for the color temperature.


Impact on the end user

The Philips Dynalite system has been commissioned to provide 4 x recipes called profiles, the lights follow the profile of colour temperature and intensity, the profile is selected by the health care professional for each patient which plays a big impact on the end user is the use of Human Centric Lighting which uses tunable white LED light to mimic the diurnal shift in the colour temperature of daylight. 

The body relies on this daily shift from between warm to cool light to entrain neurotransmitter production, particularly melatonin and serotonin, which regulate sleep and alertness. Circadian lighting replicates this natural cycle in the member ’s room, which is beneficial to those with limited mobility and daylight access, reducing demand for sleep-and mood-regulating medications.

Compensating for the biologically active effects of insufficient daylight exposure and thereby stabilize the sleep-wake rhythm. This may lead to more restorative sleep and thus ultimately improve the mental and emotional condition. May also positively affect agitation, eating habits and communication, at the same time lighting can make the atmosphere calm (easier to rest) or more energetic (easier to rehabilitate).



Design objectives of this project

Featured products

Philips Dynalite System Manager (SM)
Dynalite Network Gateway (PDEG) 
Dynalite Multi-Purpose Controller (DDMC802GL)
Dynalite Somfy RTS Bus Gateway (DDNG485) 
Dynalite Relay Controller (DDRC420FR)
3rd Party 1 Channel DALI Relay Device (GGOZ-RLY-10A-01)
Dynalite Low Level Interface (DLLI8I8O)
Dynalite Motion/Photo Electric Sensor (DUS360-CR)
Dynalite Network Power Supply (DDNP1501)
Dynalite Antumbra Series user interface Button panel with Button Application Module (PABPA-WW+DACM)
Dynalite  DALI Controller (DDBC120-DALI – Type 8, Dali 209) 

Project team

Value Added Partner: Automated

Client: Residential Aged Care - Thomas Holt

Lighting Designer: Haron Robson

Architect: Jackson Teece

Installation date: May 2018

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