International spotlight on Blacktown Hospital

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Blacktown Hospital in all its glory!

The Blacktown Hospital expansion project has been nominated for three highly prestigious International Academy for Design & Health Academy Awards, to be announced in Vienna next week.

The hospital’s new clinical services building is in the running to win:

  • Best international project (under 40,000 square metres)
  • Best use of public art, and
  • Best interior design

The awards will be announced at the Design & Health 12th International World Congress & Exhibition on 15 July.

The project will also be one of only 14 hospital projects in the world to be selected for the event’s poster gallery.

Health Infrastructure project director Andrew Paris said the nominations were a fantastic achievement.

“The Blacktown Hospital clinical services building is an outstanding example of a creative, responsive and sympathetic design that meets the needs of patients, carers and staff, because it was co-designed with them,” he said.

“It’s an excellent achievement to be recognised at this international level. It validates our approach to design and the importance of consumer engagement.

“We are delighted to see Blacktown Hospital representing Australian innovation at this event.”

The colourful hospital design has become a local icon, embraced by the community for its unique, instantly recognisable façade, which reflects the diverse multicultural local community.

The clinical services building design is also being applied to the new Stage 2 acute services building, to be completed in 2019.

WSLHD chief executive Danny O’Connor said he was pleased the community had been given a world-leading hospital.

“This international recognition is proof that Blacktown Hospital is truly world class,” he said.

The International Academy for Design & Health is a global non-profit organisation with an interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science, culture and economics.

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