Federally-funded as part of the GP Super Clinic programme, the project is designed to bring together general practitioners, practice nurses, allied health professionals, visiting medical specialists and other health care providers; together delivering primary healthcare services to the local community in a one-stop environment.
Within the constraints of a previously approved development permit, HHH Architects were able to make adjustments to the external façade and building envelope to provide greater visual complexity and texture as well as improved energy efficiency.
The basement design includes two large horizontal grilles to ensure qualification as an open-deck carpark, therefore avoiding the need for a sprinkler system. The internal planning of the operational level have been carefully considered to meet the needs of the medical practice on the ground level.
Within the floor plate, public areas have been given maximum external exposure. Patient waiting areas have full height glazing located at the end of wide corridors to ensure ease of patent orientation, as well as providing vistas to the surrounding hinterland.
A vibrant interior fit-out, also completed by Hamilton Hayes Henderson, takes inspiration from the clinic’s logo colours which represents the sand and ocean of the Gold Coast. Blue and gold hues adorn the general practice area, along with the green of the hinterland presented within the community meeting room. Tenancies for medical imaging, pharmacy, pathology, allied health and indigenous health providers have also been provided, along with their individual fit-outs.
Meeting the strict project budget within criteria set by the Department of Health and Ageing, the Gold Coast GP Super Clinic provides crisp contrast to the surrounding industrial architecture of the busy Tamborine-Oxenford arterial road.