Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital New Clinical Services Building



Architect:

Jacobs - Young Chin

Builder:

Laing O’Rourke

Manufacturer:

Other

Bricks Used:

Other

Building Contractor:

Hanson

Photography Credits:

Richard Glover


The 34,000m2 CSB comprises a two storey outpatient podium with three storeys of inpatient accommodation above: 120 beds, outpatient clinics, pharmacy, pathology, and a Cancer Care Centre.

The principal façade material is brick snaps cast into 175mm precast concrete cladding panels with a '1/3 stretcher bond' pattern.

Brick references the surrounding suburban housing and the former State Brickworks nearby, but it also helps the hospital transition to a new much larger campus with a contemporary urban fabric. Precast enables brick to meet the strict seismic requirements for a building that plays a crucial role in post-disaster recovery.

Together the CSB and existing buildings create a new hospital of varying character, rather than homogeneity. The earthy brick is the antithesis of a typical clinical white hospital environment, providing a great background for the featured rose coloured glass fins. The fins reflect the diversity of the community and literally reflect coloured light onto the brickwork and into the interior.

Brickwork extends into the Hospital Street, and combined with blackbutt boarding, provides a warm natural background for a range of educational, retail and interactive spaces.