Diligent planning analysis to realise optimal flow was key to the project success, though an uplifting interior was equally important.

Diligent planning analysis to realise optimal flow was key to the project success, though an uplifting interior was equally important.

category: health

project name: Cairns Orthopaedic Clinic

location: Draper Street, Cairns

size: 410sqm

completed: April 2013

Perhaps reflecting something of a trend, the partners of this practice decided to move from their long established CBD leased tenancy into owning their premises. Purchasing a high-quality building laid the foundation for a professional outcome.

Planning analysis was the key challenge as the surgeons questioned their consultation processes and explore numerous layout iterations. The multiple demands of a very high volume practice quickly challenged the capacity of the floor plan.

Meeting DDA obligations and the nature of the patients meant focusing on ease of circulation, privacy, and space suitable for clinical procedures. The final planning solution proved to be a great success.

Next was the focus on the creation of an interior ambiance that is calming, professional and reassuring for patients, staff and the surgeons alike. The existing building design heritage laid the path for a solution that has delighted all. Whilst the space was transformed to meet the future needs of the practice, the quality of the original building enabled this universally well-received design outcome.

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