A key architectural response to the planning and integration of services is the art-filled Hospital Street.
This lofty indoor avenue, featuring a collection of works by indigenous and non-indigenous artists, connects the new and existing facilities as the fulcrum from which all the hospital services are now accessed.
Filled with natural light, comfortably furnished and serviced with food and retail outlets, as well as play and recreation zones, Hospital Street is an uplifting arrival point and meeting space designed to navigate people through the hospital.
The atmosphere is calm and welcoming, with a palette of organic materials acknowledging the sensory effects of space on wellbeing.
The design of Hospital Street was a game-changing moment in the project, because it unlocked the potential of the whole site, allowing us to integrate the various new wings as well as create strong new connections to light, landscape and the community,” says Adam Muggleton, BLP principal & project director.
“In its scale we think of it more as an airport terminal,” says Muggleton. “The height helped us purposefully manage level changes between the existing and new facilities, and future-proofs the hospital because further additions can simply plug-in along this spine.”