A winning competition entry saw Jackon Teece commissioned to develop the master plan for Neringah Hospital’s new aged care facility.
Our understanding of modern design aesthetic and heritage conservation laid the foundations for a well-balanced, viable architecture project. The master plan explored the potential for greater community engagement and connected living opportunities. This includes a wellness centre, community centre, a 50 residence independent living unit (ILU) building (which successpartly utilises the existing hospital building structure), a 54 bed dementia facility, and a new state-of-the-art hospital building.
At the heart of the plan is the ‘Neringah Square’, which maintains the east-west public path through the site and functions as the key unifying element of the development. The main public spaces, such as the wellness centre, community centre and retail frontage are located around the square, encouraging greater social experiences and interactions between residents. And although this vibrant and active social space is key to bringing the wider community together, it does not impede on each resident’s privacy and ability to maintain time for themselves.
Ultimately, the master plan preserves the highly landscaped character of the locality, and the streetscape in particular provides a consistent relationship between the scale of the development and its surrounding buildings. Without compromising on functionality or the operational needs of the site, the master plan finds a way to walk delicately between meeting the needs of its residents, and staying true to the character of the existing neighbourhood.