The main objective for the new Heath Care Centre at Port Pirie is to achieve a family friendly environment to promote a Healthy lifestyle and reduce reliance on the acute hospital sector. The design achieves this with light and open waiting areas, leading directly into multipurpose group rooms and flexible consulting spaces. The building is broken into three north facing volumes with the main entry facing east towards Gertrude Street. The entry is setback from the boundary to provide for a drop off driveway and access ramp. To further enhance the openness and amenity, the group rooms open out onto a courtyard on the northern side that will provide a private, secure, sun filled and landscaped area as an adjunct to the internal spaces.
Interview rooms are located either side of the reception desk to sensitively deal with client issues in the waiting area with a play room for children also accessed adjacent to the main entry. Pram and gopher parking and the staff areas are accessed beyond this secure line. The proposed new facility is situated in the southwest corner of the site, closest to where the existing staff offices are located, leaving the northern section of the site available for carparking and future expansion.
The airlock minimises lead dust transfer from outside, with a parent room and set of public toilets at the rear of the waiting room, off the main corridor or ‘spine'. The consultant room zones are hung off this ‘spine' with the Clinic zone closest to the waiting area and group room for afterhours access. Two internal courtyards provide additional therapy and group spaces, extending the scope of services to outdoor therapy specifically tailored to children's or adult needs. The wellbeing and families zones are located at the north end of the courtyards. The large therapy gym can be accessed through either the well-being or clinic zones, and it opens onto its own consulting courtyard.
The staff kitchen and student rooms open onto a private courtyard, with direct access to the hospital down a set of stairs and or via the staff bike store.