“The patient rooms are mainly one bed or two and are designed to allow a patient to benefit from opportunistic therapy right by their bedside – ideal when exercise is needed but getting around the facility is still all too much. Naturally there are planned therapy spaces as well. “Aspects like the short walk to the pod lounges or out to the many courtyard spaces are designed to provide a balance of ease and difficulty to help assess patient improvement and capabilities.” Another example of the humanity of the design is that the mental health services are not locked away in a corner of the building. Instead these facilities are integrated with the main inpatient wards – with things like a discreet lockable door on the Mental Health wards, and courtyards that provide a degree of separation without appearing to do so. In terms of aesthetics, the hospital extension is very much married to the local landscape. The facade reflects the hues of the region’s mountains and rivers while, inside, the public spaces are linked to the colours of the Canterbury Plains, including a custom carpet depicting an aerial view of the plains. And lastly, the private clinical areas take their cues from the local wetlands – think board walks, tussock marshes, even the purples of the Pukeko. David Meates says the new facilities have been well received by staff, patients and community alike. “The new main-entry atrium has a considerable wow factor and the clinical areas reflect the input from so many of the patients and clinical teams involved in care of the elderly. “The response has been remarkable, with every- one saying that this is what we imagined!” Project:Burwood Hospital Developer:Ministry of Health Project manager:Proj-X Solutions Architects:Jasmax, Klein, Sheppard & Rout in association Health planners and master planning Klein : Landscape architect:Jasmax Building contractor:Leigh’s Cockram Joint Venture Structural engineers and building services:Beca Facade engineer:Mott MacDonald Quantity surveyor:Rider Levett Bucknall Acoustics:Marshall Day Planning consultant:Urbis Roofing:Warm roof – Kingspan and Equus Duotherm; profiled metal roof – Dimond and Dimondek, by Fletchers Cladding:Pre-cast concrete panels by Cancast; profiled metal cladding – Dimond and Dimondek; rigid air barrier – Ecoply; timber board cladding – Western red cedar, shiplap profile, finished in Resene Waterborne Woodsman; curtain walls and aluminium joinery by Miller Design; proprietary extruded translucent polycarbonate cladding system – Modulit External sunscreens/louvres:Insol Acoustic panels:Decortech Doors:Solid, Hallmark Group; glazed, Millers Hardware:Assa Abloy Flooring:Marmoleum; carpet tiles by Inzide Interface; floor vinyl by Polyflor and Tarkett Grant; Resene Aquapoxy finish and Duracon by Equus Lighting:we-ef, Energylight and Thorn Lifts:Otis Signage:Images Unlimited Group Air-con diffusers:Holyoake Radiators:Aquatherm, Variotherm search | save | share at Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jason Mann see more images online: search 49131 at Trendsideas.com Below:With the inpatients ward block to the left and outpatients, procedural suites, radiology, and administration offices to the right, the central glass-walled atrium of the Burwood Hospital Extension makes for a light-filled, welcoming point of arrival.