Wilson Architects has given Caboolture’s new GP Super Clinic a unique redesign that throws away the traditional ‘institutional’ approach.
Unlike institutional designs traditionally employed by clinics, the $8 million facility features vertical gardens, fish ponds and an atrium to foster a feeling of healing and respite.
Caboolture local Fiona Heckelmann says the light-filled spaces provide an organic and calming atmosphere.
“From a patient’s perspective, it’s revitalising and refreshing – because of the fact that you’re surrounded by nature and life,” Ms Heckelmann said.
“When a building makes you feel this good you just know that at the very beginning, someone stood here and considered all of the factors – light, space, breezes, ergonomics, and most importantly, how it was going to be used.”
Wilson Architects’ design approach focuses on the experience of the occupants and visitors using a Salutogenic technique to the design – a method coined by professor of medical sociology, Aaron Antonovsky.
This approach promotes wellbeing in healthcare, and focuses on factors that support human health, rather than on factors that cause disease.
Caboolture GP Super Clinic Executive Director David Hooper said “there’s a very strong link between feeling good, and being well.
“The focus [at our Super Clinic] is on being well and staying well – we’re focused on the system of the wellness concept,” he said
Wilson Architects’ intent was to facilitate a positive human experience through design – a design which was scalable to enable the future viability of the centre.
Wilson Architects Managing Director Hamilton Wilson said design is critical to health and wellbeing, and can make a big impact on projects of all sizes, even on a small scale.
“We design places for people. Through better design, the GP Super Clinic will in fact, enable better patient outcomes,” he said.
Locals say the clinic connects to the public in a new way, and Hamilton explains this was a vital consideration in the design phase.
“Our priority was in making the centre a community clinic, which is seen as part of the community, with ownership from the community,” Mr Wilson said.
Super Clinics Health Care (SCHC) operates the clinic as part of the Federal Government’s GP Superclinic Program.
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The centre, with entrances off Memorial and North Lakes drives, offers medical oncology and other medical and surgical specialties.
It has already opened its doors to North Lakes Doctors and a radiology service on level one. The final stages of construction is finished on levels two, three, four and five.
It is expected to officically open to the public next month.
Keymax Property Group director Hendrik Kraaij said construction workers would be out of the site at the end of the week.
“The base building work will be completed and access to all levels will be available, so tenants can start moving in and doing their own fit-outs,” he said.
“We’re a bit behind with where we wanted to be with our opening date, but we also made some changes.”
He said half of the building was already tenanted. “It’s about providing services to people on the northside that they haven’t had access to before,” Mr Kraaij said.
There is plenty of free parking for future patients with 96 on the basement level and another 100 on level one and two.
It is next to a proposed private hospital and a 140-bed aged care home.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au by Amelia Broadstock 30/7/16
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