Opened to patients in March 2011, South West Healthcare's Warrnambool hospital redevelopment is a unique and modern development which called for careful use of fitout materials throughout to achieve the design specifications

Capital Redevelopment Manager for South West Healthcare Wayne Hall worked with Studform to ensure the highest quality materials and finishes were applied to the project, especially in the critical areas of Hygiene and ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design).

There has been a lot of focus on the design which is a cutting edge design for the Health sector - which seeks to minimise the hospital feel - Indeed the foyer appears more like a shopping mall, and much of the medical equipment usually seen in wards is concealed in the new hospital, giving it more of a hotel feel.

A nautical theme has also been employed in some parts and is reflected in details such as portholes at nursing stations and a courtyard which will include a structure meant to resemble a sunken shipwreck.

It's certainly a sharp contrast to the 1960s hospital building joined to the new development, although the long term plan is to redevelop the old building so it matches the new one, giving it a similar exterior and ultimately refitting it over the next five or six years.