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Kirwan Community Health Facility
by Project Services (QLD Gov)



The new Kirwan Community Health Facility is located at the Kirwan Health Campus site, Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa. It involved the extensive re-modelling of the former Kirwan Womens Hospital facility to now accommodate the clinical and professional needs of the Townsville Health Service District's (THSD) various Community Health Departments. All community health services have relocated into this refurbished facility to consolidate care delivery to the people of Townsville and Thuringowa through a ‘one stop health shop'. The single-storey Kirwan Hospital was originally built in 1984 by ‘Design and Construct' contractors. It has now been refurbished and reopened as the Kirwan Community Health Facility. The project comprised the internal demolition and refurbishment of the entire existing 6000sqm building together with 700sqm of additions and over 430 car parking spaces to form an integrated Community Health Centre (CHC) accommodating: • Child Health • Child and Youth Mental Health • Oral Health • Community Health • Aboriginal and Islander Health • HACC • Community Mental Health • Artificial Limbs (accommodated in the former Red Cross Building). • Shared facilities including Management The project's aims were to: • Accommodate an integrated model of care for these various community based health services of the Townsville Health Service District; and • Develop the building requirements and needs for the agreed model of care, utilising existing resources and providing a flexible and comfortable environment that can readily adapt to changing service delivery

requirements. These aims were achieved through: • Flexible departmental relationships - the design enables flexibility in managing the consolidated functions of each user group; • Circulation - the design allows for the public to easily visit more than one area; • Spatial Hierarchy - the design planning establishes clearly defined public and staff spaces; • Privacy - the acoustic and visual privacy of visitors is considered at all times; • Spaces planned for community based use and training; • Multidisciplinary approach - allowing spaces to foster and facilitate staff collaboration, education and training; • Security and safety - provide a safe and comfortable living environment for visiting adults and children that is consistent with their care needs and a safe working environment for staff; • Staff efficiency - provide efficient patient care and reception monitoring for staff through careful planning and inclusion of supportive management services; and • Context and streetscape - present an appropriate image within the local community to encourage acceptance and participation of the facility. Site works requirements were integrated into associated site works with the co-locating Parklands Residential Aged Care Facility development proposed to form the western portion of the Kirwan Health Campus. The new landscaping treatments, carparks, on-site road networks and new vehicular entrances from Thuringowa Drive were all developed after extensive consultation with the Main Roads Department and the Thuringowa City Council.

Thuringowa Central, QLD
Project Services (QLD Gov)
07 3224 5125
Project Team
Project architect: Mr Peter Petersen, Project Services
Project architect: Mr Thomas Fussell, Project Services
Project manager: Mr Mark Halpin, Project Services
Structural consultant: Mr Paul Hatfield, Project Services
Electrical consultant: Mr Robert Sweity, Project Services
Mechanical consultant: Mr Geoff Kelley, Project Services
Hydraulic consultant: Mr Fred Haines, Cochrane MRP
Landscape consultant: Mr Julian Jakobs, Project Services
Quantity consultant: Mr Graeme Tew, Project Services
Communications consultant: Mr Gary Green, Project Services
Builder: Mr Paul Hammond, Watpac Pty Ltd
Original architect: Edwards Bissett & Partners P/L

Photographs by Project Services (QLD Gov), text by Project Services (QLD Gov)

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects