Peacock Centre Redevelopment

The original building known as Ruardean was the former home of Mr W. D Peacock and has significant heritage value. Peacock bequeathed Ruardean to the State of Tasmania and was renamed the Peacock Centre. In the bequeath he outlined how the property should be used. The Peacock Centre was operating as a primary base for Adult Community Mental Health Services up until the building was damaged by fire in December 2016. Significant investment has been made for the site to be redeveloped and to continue operating as a mental health service.

What services will be delivered from the Peacock Centre?

The Statewide Mental Health Service in Tasmania is provided through two streams- an Acute Care Stream and Continuing Care Stream. The Peacock Centre will provide more integrated and community-based mental health care.

The ground level will be part of the Continuing Care Stream and operate as an integration hub, which means bringing together a range of care and support services under the one location to support people with their recovery journey. This is a new way of working for the Tasmanian mental health sector and is based on national and international best practice.

The second level will be part of the Acute Care Stream and provide clinical mental health services, including a short-stay residential service and an after-hours response.

These new models will reduce hospital admissions and readmissions for Tasmanian’s living with mental illness.

There will be a range of services at the centre to help support consumers. These may include housing, disability, employment, health, and social supports. The aim of having multiple services in the one location is to address broader issues that may be barriers to a person’s recovery, for example, access to stable housing or finding employment.

What are the timelines for the redevelopment?

The Peacock redevelopment planning application has been approved by the Hobart City Council. Early site works will start soon, beginning with the demolition of the extensions and a site clean-up.

It is difficult to confirm dates for the completion of the rebuild as timelines can change, but the construction period is likely to take around 18 months.

What will the Peacock redevelopment look like?

The new Peacock Centre will have a smaller footprint than the previous building was before the fire in 2016. The original part of the building, (the original family home) will be restored in line with heritage requirements. The wings built between the 1960s and 1970s will be demolished and new extensions built. The existing car park will also be upgraded to improve accessibility.

The gardens at the site and the original glass house will be maintained and restored and will be used for therapeutic programs to help improve health and wellbeing, such as gardening and craft.

The new Peacock Centre will have a different look and feel to typical Tasmanian mental health facilities. The hub will be a much more open, warm and home-like environment. It is not designed to be like a hospital.

above: Peacock Centre

above: Peacock Centre, Ground Floor

above: Peacock Centre, First Floor

Note: the images above show an artist representation and not a representation of final visuals.

For more information email director.mhadd@health.tas.gov.au

Updated July 2020