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Hames Sharley’s design for a new day hospital in the Vasse Town Centre has been unanimously approved by the regional Joint Development Assessment Panel, a wonderful outcome for clients Blackoak Capital and St John of God Health Care.

The new Vasse hospital will provide a range of health care services to the local and broader regional community and facilitate social and physical wellbeing through integrated landscape and architectural design strategy that balances the needs of the people, patients and staff.

Taking architectural and materiality cues from southwest winery architecture, the design reimagines the regional hospital typology and creates a welcoming, inviting and comfortable place to be for all visitors. The design considers the adjacent town centre in how it presents to the streetscape, giving back to the public realm with generous landscaping, activated street fronts and the integration of street furniture and shaded walkways.

St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chief Excecutive Officer Jeffrey Williams said; “Hames Sharley kept our patients and caregivers at the forefront of the planning and design process.

“This new facility will allow our team of specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to continue to provide high quality, compassionate and contemporary care across the South West region.”

The centre will provide balanced amenity for both patients and caregivers through break-out spaces, courtyards, alfresco spaces, cafés, lounges and a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that facilitate health, wellbeing and respite, prioritising the human spirit and honours the concept of a ‘restorative journey’.

Materiality and sustainability: locally sourced rammed earth and timber shade structures, renewable solar energy, water-wise design, and passive solar principles interlaced with the landscaping all align with St John of God's environmental values.