Hospital redevelopment picks up design gongs

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Murrumbidgee LHD is celebrating the on-time, on-budget delivery of the project despite the challenges of covid.

Murrumbidgee LHD’s Tumut Hospital redevelopment has won two accolades at the recent Master Builder Association’s 2023 Southern Regions Excellence in Building awards, despite being built through the covid pandemic and all the challenges that presented.

The redevelopment features 26 inpatient beds (including three maternity beds), a level three emergency department, community health services, clinical and non-clinical support services, staff accommodation and a helipad.

The project was planned, designed and delivered by the Australian construction company Richard Crookes Constructions in consultation with Health Infrastructure NSW, the MLHD and Jacobs Group.

RCC’s project team, led by project manager Ross Williams, mitigated challenges related to covid throughout construction to deliver the state-of-the-art facility on time and to budget. As a result of the epidemic, many workers found themselves living away from home for long stretches of time.

“Working on this project really was like working with family. Although it was such a tough time for everyone during the pandemic, we were lucky to be able to socialise through our work together onsite. Some of the people there have become lifelong friends outside of the workplace,” said project engineer Rhys Goodwin.

It was the design of the project which saw it pick up the Commercial Projects over $40 Million and Commercial Builder of the Year (Southern Regions) awards.

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It was decided that single level design should optimise functional flows, spatial efficiencies, capital cost, intuitive wayfinding and building services integration in a welcoming environment. A higher central roof form denotes the main entry and provides a larger volume in the public entry lobby.

All clinical and non-clinical services are now delivered under one roof in the purpose-designed building, with logical zoning that incorporates contemporary models of care.

The design team chose to keep the interiors simple, based on the principles of clarity and positivity. They took advantage of the site’s orientation to bring natural elements into the hospital — creating a healing space for current and future patients to enjoy.

Four distinct space typologies were designed, inspired by the surrounding natural sites and foliage display during seasonal shifts that are celebrated by the Tumut community.

This framework informed each space in appearance, colour and character.

Summer-based colours are used throughout patient areas to represent warmth and privacy, with timber accents and laminate finishes in bright and warm colours borrowed from the ever-changing foliage displays; transitional seasons such as spring and autumn reflect shared patient and family areas, staff areas and support areas; and aspects of warm and cool greys, with soft green and blue colours, are drawn on to connect the winter and summer colours throughout the hospital.

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