GHDWoodhead’s focus on developing creative, functional and flexible healing spaces was recognised by the SA construction industry at the Master Builders SA Excellence in Construction Awards in Adelaide, with the refurbishment of Modbury Hospital recognised for excellence in two categories.

The Modbury Hospital Redevelopment Level 3 Ward Refurbishment was the main award winner in the Commercial Fit-out up to $5 million category.

The Specialist Ambulatory and Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) received a Commendation for Excellence in a Commercial / Industrial Building $10 million to $20 million.

Designed to support patients on their path to rehabilitation, one level of the existing tower block has been refurbished to provide as many single suites as possible. It now offers 16 private beds and four multi-bed wards, as well as private and shared ensuites, two gym spaces, office accommodation and staff facilities, and a combined communal dining/assisted daily living training space.

SpARC sets a new benchmark for day rehabilitation treatment facilities in South Australia. It has been shaped around three pods of activity: a hydrotherapy pool, generic treatment spaces, and specialist treatment spaces, joined to the existing building’s rehabilitation ward through a covered walkway.

As lead designer, GHDWoodhead faced the challenge of both design and construction being undertaken within an operational hospital environment.

“There was limited ‘as built’ documentation to ascertain existing building, infrastructure and structural conditions,” Donna Rafie, GHDWoodhead Senior Associate, explains.

“Since we had restricted access to survey and verify during the design and documentation phase, our team worked closely with the contractor Built Environs to respond and adapt planning and detailing to actual conditions during the demolition and early construction phase. This responsive approach allowed the highly accelerated construction program to remain on track.”

“Healthcare facilities are some of the most complex design projects because they consist of a wide variety of functional units. Hospital spaces have to meet strict clinical requirements while also being flexible to accommodate changes in clinical practice and technologies we can’t yet imagine. Within these constraints, designers have to create a high-quality experience because a poor physical environment adds to stress for both patients and staff,” Michael Hegarty, National Practice Leader, says.

“By combining a high level of technical competence and a thorough appreciation of the objectives of healthcare facilities, we create facilities that will meet the needs of clinicians and patients now and into the future.”

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