The Hills Clinic
The Hills Clinic
Our involvement of works included, site inspection + site selection process, site specific concept design, Development application documents, Construction documentation and overseeing construction on site.
The Hills Clinic, Kellyville, is the first purpose built private psychiatric hospital in NSW. It is set on two acres of land and is adjacent to a further two acres of open public space. Kellyville has traditionally been a semi-rural area with many market gardens, but is now one of Sydney’s largest growth areas.
In developing the concept for this facility we wanted to retain the connection with the rural heritage of the area and so a large proportion of the land has been landscaped and left as open space. Every room in the building you are connected to the natural surrounds. Its north facing aspect and large areas of glazing also mean that patients and staff enjoy a vast amount of natural light.
In designing the building there has been a great deal of input from clinicians with extensive experience of psychiatric facilities ensuring the inherent needs for staff and patients have been considered. Comfort, privacy and security are key aspects required by patients. It was also important to give the facility a domestic feel and to move away from the traditional institutional feel of many existing facilities.
Australasian Health Facility Guidelines had to be carefully designed to in making this a new benchmark for such facilities in Australia.
The Hospital will have a staged opening. In May 2011 the entire ground floor, accommodating 32 inpatients was opened. The ground floor also has a group therapy centre, patient and visitors lounge, gymnasium, commercial kitchen and dining room. The stage one development also includes a new specialist centre for outpatient treatment. This project was recognised in Parliament as Australia's first private mental health hospital by local MP Alex Hawke ( look under CURRENT EVENTS menu for the full speech).
Pacecarchitects have recently been engaged to commence Stage 2. Stage two will extend the hospital’s capacity to potentially 60 beds, which is also to include an Adolescent ward.
Stage 2 associated works set to commence mid-2013 & completed in 2014.