- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by John Mills
- Architect Fulton Trotter Architects
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The new Miles Health Service Facility is a state-of-the-art Rural Health Service building, providing for the community’s general health needs within one integrated campus. The new and refurbished facilities include a hospital with emergency facilities and acute beds, along with an aged care facility and primary health clinic.
The project was developed on the site of the old hospital building, which had become dilapidated and beyond reasonable repair. The design of the new building shares some of the aesthetic qualities of the old art deco building, with some of the key elements of the old hospital retained.
The project provided many design challenges, including a major decanting strategy to allow for the staged redevelopment of the campus and a complete re-orientation of the new facility to face east instead of south. The new buildings function highly efficiently as a health service and also suit the differing needs of aged care. Entrances and access to emergency and primary health areas are clearly defined and intuitive, and the internal environment is warm and inviting while also providing a quality clinical environment.
Awards: 2010 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards Regional Commendation (Darling Downs)
*Team* Architects: Paul Trotter, John Hay, Nathan Vinall, Pearl Lin, Doug Pountney, Shannon Daly, Tanya Roth, Angela Partridge