Hunter Women’s Health Centre
Charlestown, NSW – 260sqm
Hunter Women’s Health offers fertility treatment, gynaecology and obstetrics services in the Lake Macquarie & Newcastle area. They are committed to care for women of all ages, in full spectrum of their gynaecologic and obstetric health.
They wanted to relocate to a new property in Charlestown and gave Evoke the opportunity to propose a new design for this space. The brief was to separate the tenancy into two, where the front of house would become the Hunter Women’s Health Centre, then create a second office to the rear which could be leased.
The design intent was to highlight the historic beauty of the building. Light flooring finishes and surfaces emphasize the existing rustic timber features and exposed metal beams. Greenery was used throughout which compliments the raw materials of the structure of the building.
The aim was to keep the office as open as possible, maximizing the amount of natural light and air from the wharf side entry into the tenancy. Private offices were built to the perimeters of the tenancy creating an openness to central areas of the office.
Due of room size requirements and for us to provide Hunter Women’s Health with the best possible space plan, we had a few challenges with relocating existing structural elements within the existing space.
The design elements were influenced by women using organic shapes and curves, whilst the colour palette inspired from Hunter Women’s Health corporate style guide. The idea in reception, was to make a “wow” effect that can be visible from the street and creates a positive atmosphere for the women and families entering the centre.
To avoid the typical clinical health centre look, we added woodgrains and colour to create a more original design customised for Hunter Women’s Health. The colourful flooring in reception is a butterfly which is taken from the corporate logo, whilst the curves in the ceiling, circled wall and reception counter is to appreciate the womanly figure and soften the overall look for clients and staff. We wanted to create a space in which you feel safe and welcome in. The procedure room and treatment rooms all have a floral theme in graphics and splashback to give some warmth to the space.
By creating a clear walkway, clients can easily be directed to treatment and procedure rooms. The nurse’s station is halfway between the reception and hallway; a small, functional space for quick assessments and questions. The manager’s office is directly behind reception, with a viewing window for visual overview. We put in a kitchenette/ lunchroom in the back for staff, with external access to the main corridor, together with loose storage for stationary etc.
A breakout area and boardroom were constructed to the rear of the office below the mezzanine with open plan workstations to the voided ceiling area. Furnishings to the outdoor and entry areas encourage collaboration and more regular impromptu meetings.
Lastly, to allow for future growth, the wall between the tenancies could easily be removed to expand the clinic, without interfering with the design or structural elements.
Scope of Works
- Concept Design
- Design Development
- Design Documentation
- Project Management
- Construction Management