Buronga Community Health Centre seeks to meet the needs of the local population by integrating general practice and other specialist and community health services including counselling, community mental health, allied health, primary care and oral health services. User group and consumer group consultation led to design concepts that connected with the regional context and reflected connection with the river.
As a public health building, a consideration of privacy and dignity was key. All private consultation spaces are separated from public waiting areas. Group activities in multipurpose and gym spaces occupy spaces close to visitor amenities. Staff offices and amenities are in a cluster for privacy whilst allowing for ease-of-access to all parts of the building.
The landscape design and vegetation selection was tailored to suit local conditions aiming to imitate and compliment the local characteristics of Buronga, whilst providing amenity to the users of the health facility. Locally significant planting and landscaping will provide privacy screening, shade, navigation, places to wait and gather, and a sense of familiarity whilst also reducing impact on nearby residential dwellings. Clearly marked and accessible pathways cross the site to the main entrance.
The facility seeks to accommodate patients that may attend with family groups and those who prefer outdoor waiting areas. By incorporating design language that signifies its public and community focus, Buronga aims to reduce the stigma of attending “sick” places and encourage the access of outpatient services.
|Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design||Discipline|
|Health Infrastructure New South Wales||Client|
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design
Health Infrastructure New South Wales
|Principal, Sector Lead - Wellness|
|Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture|
|Practice Lead - Interior Design|
Principal, Sector Lead - Wellness
Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture
Practice Lead - Interior Design