W+S are proud to announce that our completed Wirreanda Secondary School STEM project has been shortlisted in this years Workspace Awards for 2019! We feel that this is a great achievement for a government project internal refurbishment (especially when considering the competition of mostly privately funded and new build projects) and a true testament to the great vision of the school’s leaders and our ongoing architect/client relationship. Congratulations to all who were involved in the project.
W+S are currently working with SA Health and Country Health SA to deliver a new Aged Care Facility for Strathalbyn. Today’s Advertiser featured an article titled “Aged facility for young at heart”, announcing the project, design intent and current consultation progress. The new 36 bed residential facility extension includes a 24 bed open ward and a 12 bed memory support unit, all with single bedrooms, private ensuites and communal open spaces that have views of the Angas River and surrounds. Community feedback has been welcomed throughout the planning process, allowing the residents and community to be a part of the journey. Refer to the published links for more details.
This week W+S completed an internal refurbishment of Catherine Helen Spence Building Level 4 for the quickly expanding UniSA Online team at City West Campus. In 2017, W+S assisted the Online Team for their initial fitout at 60 Light Square, which they have since quickly out grown. This project had a strict brief with tight budget requiring the adaptive reuse of as much of the existing fitout as possible. Design principles included removing large perimeter meeting rooms that were blocking the natural light to create a large open plan light filled work zone for 70 staff and dividing smaller meeting rooms in half to create smaller quiet focus rooms. The majority of existing furniture and workstations were re-utilised and refurbished with new screening. The Online team’s bright teal/aqua was incorporated for sense of branding, with a dark moody emerald green against pops of contrasting soft chartreuse and yellow.
The second stage of the Ashford Hospital Redevelopment included the refurbishment of the existing interior courtyard void, where W+S documented the partial infill (with structural advice from WGA) to create a new clinical day procedure unit and open corridor walkways below, while providing a mezzanine space above to accomodate staff administration functions and an open reflective sacred space to appreciate the flood of light from the skylights and generous void above.
W+S are super proud and excited to share that over the weekend our St Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development received an Award within the Public Architecture category at the Australian Institute of Architects SA Architecture Awards for 2019! A huge thank you to our amazing client and the whole project team who made this building possible, including: RCP Project Management, Systems Solutions Engineering, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Outerspace Landscapes and built by Mossop Construction + Interiors.
The whole team enjoyed a great night out in celebration at the Convention Centre - raising a few gin glasses to the occasion. Our building has now received 3 awards - go to our AWARDS page to read and find out more!
Following completion of the Tender Documentation for the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and CSSD project, last night W+S hosted the project team at our studio for a celebration with light refreshments. All up, there are 272 A1 drawings that form the documentation Tender set - an astounding achievement for a complex healthcare project. It’s important to take a step back and reflect on the key milestones of every project - as it’s easy to get caught up and carried away with the program and other projects! We look forward to construction commencing soon.
This week, Mark Wiltshire + Liana Walter represented W+S at the official opening of the Wirreanda STEM space - completed late last year. The event was hosted by the school and proud students who have had the privilege of using the space for the last few months, and officially opened by the Hon. Mr. John Gardner - the Minister for Education. It was a pleasure to talk to the students who were intrigued by the whole design/architecture process (3 years from concept to completion!) and who are now inspired to work and learn in such an amazing new space. We look forward to maintaining our relationship and working with Wirreanda Secondary again with their next project, to apply similar design principles site wide.
Another project complete this week. W+S provided architectural and interior documentation to refurbish an existing space at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, turning it into an independent consultancy suite consisting of a waiting and shared reception, four seperate consulting rooms (two with en-suites) and shared staff zone. The brief was to work with the existing corporate colour palette to create a neutral, contemporary but inviting space.
The Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital is out to the Public Works Committee. This project includes minor refurbishment of some Administration areas, a new built Emergency Department linking into the existing hospital and a refurbished Central Sterilisation Services Department (CSSD) to comply with new standards.
This week the second stage of the Ashford Hospital Refurbishment was completed by Schiavello Constructions and handed over. This stage was one of the biggest structurally, including major ground floor demolition and a new steel structure to create a mezzanine for staff administration within the existing atrium. It also included pre procedure facilities, a new 30 chair recovery ward to service the day surgery procedure unit and recently refurbished Theatres, post procedure recovery facilities, a discharge lounge, 6 existing refurbished patient ward bedrooms with private ensuites and a new Hudson’s cafe with access to the street front.
Demolition underway at the Brighton Primary STEM project. Lots of activity over the school holidays as all of the noisy work is undertaken.
A very small project that is having a big impact on our waistlines. Simple, cost effective materials were used for a shop fit out that is both the retail and manufacturing facility. The Saudade team make one product; 'Pasteis de Nata' or Portuguese Custard Tarts. Once you have had one, you realise there is no need for them to ever make anything else.. A lot of equipment is required to make one small 'Nata', so careful planning was required to ensure efficient, safe work flows were optimised.
As part of the Significant Refurbishment project, Dunbar Homes are upgrading key areas within their aged care facility. The new reception, administration area, cafe, dining and courtyard will provide a central focus that is welcoming to residents, family and visitors. Materials and design are light and bright with a 'beach house meet boutique hotel' theme.
Three sketches of the new stair core at the Wirreanda STEM project. The stair not only links two floors but also provides tiered seating for presentations, meetings and discussion. Exposed slab and services above with suspended 'acoustic clouds' creates a space already referred to by the school as 'the hive'.
Our three STEM projects located in South Australia’s South are currently under construction. Demolition is forging ahead with critical activities underway during the school holidays. This includes cutting the first floor slab at two of the sites to provide an internal stair linkage between the STEM areas.
A new operating theatre as part of early works at Ashford Hospital is now complete and commissioned. This is the first component of a multi stage refurbishment that will touch most parts of the existing hospital.
St Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development has finally reached Practical Completion! Interior lights illuminating and activating the exterior streetscape and plaza of the Southern facade during dusk.
The St Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development is in the final stages of construction with 200 construction staff on site each day. The zinc clad geometry of the bedroom window 'reveals' subtly changes colour during the day reflecting the bluestone and slate materials of the adjacent heritage listed Waverley House.
Working closely with the Flinders Private Hospital executive and Theatre staff and aligned with SA Healths Transforming Health policy, wiltshire and swain designed and documented the refurbishment of an existing procedure room to provide a new state of the art operating theatre. Located within the the existing theatre precinct, the upgrade also provides new holding bays, revised sterile store and improved workflows and circulation. This fast tracked project was designed and constructed within a 10 week time frame with minimal impact on existing operating theatre activity.
Wiltshire + swain have been appointed to assist DECD with the delivery of 3 STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) centres across 3 school sites. The STEM approach is closely aligned with our own research and is highlighted in the recent spaces we have designed for the university and secondary education sectors. These contemporary learning spaces reflect the STEM principles highlighted in the DECD planning guide noted here;
Education facilities should inspire innovation and creativity, stimulate children’s imagination, engage, challenge and arouse curiosity, reflect emerging technologies, enable educators to deliver programs in flexible ways as well as meeting environmental, security, maintenance and economic parameters. Education facilities should have the ability to accommodate potential futures, not merely reflect the past. DECD STEM Works 'Guiding Principals for Contemporary Learning Facilities,' July 2016.