The Allied Health Building is a 2 storey facility designed to provide a combination of clinical functions and non-clinical functions for various hospital services. Constructed using a prefabricated demountable shell, the simple rectangular floor plan pushes building services and vertical circulation beyond the building edge giving an uninterrupted floor plan that can be subdivided in a number of ways. A modular building with a highly flexible floor plan provides the project a great deal of operational flexibility in the short and medium term. The new building provides for The Canberra Hospital’s immediate decanting requirements, and in following stages, the building can be reconfigured for other clinical or support uses as required.
The configuration of these services align with current health planning principles where the clinical consultation space is located separately from the staff accommodation. A shared clinical area located on Level 1 is comprised of a combination of bookable clinical spaces which include interview rooms, consult rooms and treatment rooms. In order to maximise efficiency of use, a generic approach has been undertaken to standardise the equipment and layout of these rooms where practical. Another key objective was to maximise the efficiency of the non-clinical space by sharing workspaces where applicable and providing common centralised staff amenities right across Level 2.