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27.11.2014 10:29 Age: 5 yrs

Contemporary hospital design complements unique location


Situated on the south west coastline with views over the Indian Ocean on environmentally protected land surrounded by Peppermint trees, the new Busselton Health Campus has been designed to help improve patient care and reflect with the beautiful Vasse-Leeuwin environment.

Lead architect Jeff Menkens headed the HASSELL design team responsible for the south west’s new hospital and said hospital architecture and designs have transformed over the years with vibrant colours and eye catching materials now being used both internally and externally.

“Functionality and design must go hand in hand.  The site for the 84-bed Busselton Health Campus is truly one of a kind and we wanted to make sure that both internal and external planning capitalised on this unique asset,” said Jeff.

“At the heart of the campus is the double height entry which is pivotal to the navigational flow. Landscaped courtyards link the east and west primary circulation corridors that provide simple and direct connections to key hospital services for patients, visitors and staff.”

As principal designer and health sector leader for HASSELL, Jeff has over 34 years’ experience and has worked on a number of recent health projects including the new Midland Health Campus, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Denmark Hospital, and the QEII Medical Centre.

Jeff said the landscape and planning architects consulted extensively with health service staff and with the local community through the District Health Advisory Committee and the project’s Community Reference Group to develop a state-of-the-art design which maximises the unique features of the local environment.

“We have worked hard to provide a warm and inviting environment balancing the use of artificial and natural light,” he said.  “Generous windows are used throughout including panoramic features in all patient bedrooms.

“The calming interior design includes materials and colours that have been matched to the external landscape using soft whites, blues, greens and greys to signify the beach, sea and peppermint trees.”

Jeff said patients and staff could easily access the extensive landscaped areas and the Hospice’s generous external deck would enable patients, on beds if required, to spend time outside with their family, friends or carers.

“Hospitals differ significantly from other building projects and this was no exception with a number of issues which needed to be considered,” said Jeff.

“Health facilities attract a lot of attention and scrutiny and involve a massive level of collaboration to ensure the design is affordable, sustainable and with the flexibility to adapt to change over a 30-50 year life cycle.”

The $120.4 million Busselton Health Campus including $40.5 million Royalties for Regions funding, is part of the State Government’s bigger picture in health.  To find out more visit getthebiggerpicture.health.wa.gov.au

Media Contact: Peter Cogan 6145 4166


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