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Gold Coast University Hospital
Parklands Parade
Southport Queensland Australia

Project Management
Concept Design (Wayfinding)
Design Development (Wayfinding)
Disability Access Consultancy

brief
Gold Coast University Hospital is a new 750 Bed Teaching Hospital being constructed on the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia. The overall budget for this hospital is in excess of A$1.5 billion and is due for completion in December 2012.

Our brief is to assist the Project Manager and the Design Team to develop a best practice health care model that is inclusive of all people regardless of their language, culture or ability. The architects for this project, GCUH Architecture, are a consortia of 3 major Australian architectural firms, Hassell, PDT Architects and Silver Thomas Hanley.

Along with the Universal Design Consultancy, our firm has also been engaged to provide the Wayfinding and Environmental Graphic Designs for the entire project

About Wayfinding Australia response
The client brief is providing some interesting challenges for the design team. The overall site is quite large, although the general topography is manageable in terms of access requirements; however, the site has connections to Griffith University and also a Mass Transit Facility. There are a number of separate buildings including Clinical Services, Women’s Health, Oncology, Pathology and Education and Mental Health. There are also a number of buildings housing engineering and similar services as well as two significant car-parking structures.

We have used our extensive knowledge, specifically in the health care area, to address numerous space planning and design issues that have arisen during the development of the design. Issues in relation to circulation, pedestrian access, finishes and facilities have provided us with an opportunity to apply our knowledge to satisfy the client brief.

A model of assessment has been developed to allow the client and the design team to constantly assess the project against Universal Design Principles

result
The project design is now in the construction documentation phase and site works are well underway. At the end of the Design Development phase most departures from the assessment model had been addressed with the balance to be addressed during the Construction Documentation phase.

We anticipate our ongoing involvement with this project through to completion.

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