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SJGMH Redevelopment | Silver Thomas Hanley | HEALTH INSTITUTIONAL
ilver Thomas Hanley was appointed to
design the new South Wing and the
adjoining Wexford Medical Centre at the
St John of God Murdoch Hospital (SJGMH).
The brief outlined minimal disruption to the
existing hospital throughout construction, a
seamless integration with its existing services and
a strong environmentally sustainable ethic.
Silver Thomas Hanley distilled nature and
applied it to create a sanctuary in the South Wing,
to counterbalance the anxiety of cancer treatment.
Natural timber finishes were married with
enchanting landscaped environments to address the
patients’ holistic health care needs through design
Enclosed terraces shield treatment bays from
the climate and provide contemplative spaces for
reflection. Healing courtyards with intertwining
forest paths, mature trees and water features,
combine to offer a soothing distraction from the
The new wards benefit from natural light, which
descends through large windows and generous
ceilings. Bedroom windows, designed to externally
evoke the notion of a heavily wooded forest, are
internally sensitive and flexible to the needs of
the patient. The tree canopy is borne through the
perforated sunscreens that sit outside the windows.
Their leaf-form patterns dapple the sunlight yet
allow ample views across the landscape.
Morrow Brady from Silver Thomas Hanley said
that using St John of God Health Care’s strong values
as a guide, they are creating an inviting haven amid
a hospital environment.
The proposed Wexford Medical Centre is a
high-quality commercial development that will
accommodate a variety of medical services and
consultants who deliver services within the St
John of God Murdoch Hospital/Fiona Stanley
It will also provide a strong pedestrian
connection between the existing St John of God
Health Campus, Barry Marshall Parade and the
new Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The development has a gross floor area of
12,600sqm over seven levels and secure undercover
parking for 103 cars.
The lower ground floor of the development
engages directly with Barry Marshall Parade
and will accommodate retail outlets, a cafe and
landscaped piazza that will provide street activation
and a pedestrian sanctuary.
The main entry lobby is a level above, accessed
off a wide landscaped plaza that also provides the
pedestrian link between Barry Marshall Parade
and SJGMH. Access from the lower ground level
to the plaza is via a six-metre-wide staircase and
glazed passenger lift.
The Wexford Medical Centre will be an A-class
commercial development and will set the bench
mark for future development within the precinct.
Having worked with Silver Thomas Hanley on
a number of projects in the past, SJGMH CEO Mr
Peter Mott said that the unique design and materials
chosen in this project once again demonstrates their
understanding of the Hospital’s focus on holistic
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