The Burwood Hospital Extension takes a fresh approach to older persons' healthcare the overall emphasis is on non-daunting rehabilitation wards and break-out spaces that reflect a warm domestic feel over a potentially daunting hospital look.
The project was undertaken by Jasmax, Klein and Sheppard & Rout in association. Klein led the initial masterplanning and concept design with Jasmax taking the lead consultant role as the project moved into preliminary design. Klein was responsible for health planning and the building interior fitouts for clinical areas and wards. Jasmax was responsible for the base building architecture, landscape architecture and the administration office fit-out. Sheppard & Rout undertook the front of house and cafe fitouts, the back-of house building, links and interface areas. The practices worked collaboratively as a joint interior design team, ensuring consistency of design across the project.
David Meates, chief executive of the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards, says broad aims for the expansion were the consolidation of facilities for older persons' health in state-of-the-art facilities and replacing outdated hospital facilities elsewhere in Christchurch.
"We also aimed to future-proof healthcare services in Canterbury against predicted increases in our elderly population over the next 20-30 years, in a region that already has one of the highest proportions of 65+ people in New Zealand.
"Thousands of our community together with clinical teams were involved in the design of the facilities. This human centred' design lens helped shape a facility that is configured to best enable a true rehabilitation focus," says Meates.
The 29,400m² extension includes 230 new inpatient beds and an 1100m² radiology department with provision for future expansion. There's also a 2500m² outpatient and procedural area as well as a clinical administration and community teams area, a new kitchen and back-of-house support facilities.
Front of house is a soaring, light-filled central atrium complete with information centre, retail and a cafeteria used by staff and patients alike.