This $5 million project invovled a five-stage redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Geelong Hospital.
The main aims of the redevelopment were:
- To develop a Children’s Ward that is a step beyond the ordinary, mindful of the Department of Human Services Guidelines, but challenging and adapting them as required to meet healthcare needs specific to the Geelong Hospital.
- The name “Children’s Ward” is a bit of a misnomer, as the ward cares for teenagers also. The challenge was to develop an aesthetic that was inviting and enjoyable for all, not just small children.
- Safety, Storage & Staff.
- To reduce the amount of shared bedrooms, to provide a better care environment.
The redeveloped ward comes alive with bold colours and interesting shapes – these were derived from a mix of coloured MRI scans and kaleidoscopes.
Faceted shapes and bold colours are deployed to provide a fun, vibrant environment, without making an age-specific gesture.
Kane Constructions was appointed as Construction Manager in 2011. The project is under budget and ahead of program, with completion scheduled for late 2012.