David Leece From Billard Leece commented
“The patient experience is at the heart of the Centre. Throughout the design process, the focus was on the user”
Design approach incorporated an angled façade, internal open courtyards allowed all waiting rooms have natural light, views and access to courtyards. The only time you do not get natural light is when you’re in the radiation Bunker. The front façade on level two is designed with a V shape to the external landscape, allowing all 30 chemotherapy chairs an outside view. Several windows areas have incorporated sitting areas at the sill to allow patience and visitors to sit. Highlevel automated awning windows allow for controlled air flow levels. The glass used reduces solar heat gain so that the inside temperature is a lot more comfortable.
Powder Coated aluminium was chosen for its ability to weather the harsh environmental climate of The Albury Wodonga Region, along with offering a low maintenance solution.
Performance, appearance and cost effectiveness are important factors in all buildings especially government buildings where budgets along with running costs and long term maintenance play a major factor. The AWS Commercial Range allowed the architect to achieve a functional and inviting individual space for each inpatient room. The design incorporated two courtyards which open the hospital up to light. The design is heavily angled with large windows to achieve the feeling of space, light and feeling like the outside is coming in, and angles on the windows create privacy to each room in an architecturally pleasing way. The extra-large window design put demand on glass options and a combination of the Grey Energy tech and performtech achieved the Section J report. Achieving the energy requirements , keeping costs low and working with varied elevations of Sun and shade on each window meant varying the glass type around the building depending on the elevation.
2017 AWA Design Awards – Highly Commended Best Use of Windows & Doors Commercial New Construction