To meet the current and future challenge in meeting the needs of Melbourne’s West, Western Health needs to grow and change.
The Department of Health commissioned DesignInc Melbourne in October 2013 to conduct a Feasibility Study, a major step forward in meeting the challenge.
The Brief was:
Expansion of Emergency Department (ED) capacity and to address the decanting and decommissioning of the existing South Block.
Sunshine Hospital, St Albans: Development of a consolidated and expanded Women’s & Children’s Centre.
Key issues that required investigation included:
Ensuring continuity of service delivery during any proposed construction on both sites
Staging strategies for the decanting and decommissioning of the South Block building on the Western Hospital site
Way finding and circulation
The study’s strategic vision was to ensure that as many options and opportunities were investigated and that the recommended proposals were in line with the Strategic Masterplan and Service Plan. An ideal sequencing would provide decanting, service continuity synergies and efficiencies in delivering the incremental capacity growth on both campuses.