The recently completed Pakenham Health Centre project transformed the former Cardinia Shire Council offices into a new integrated health facility, enabling the consolidation of a range of health services that were previously located across numerous sites.
The new Health Centre accommodates diverse services provided by Monash Health, Monash Health Community, Cardinia Shire Council and a number of other service providers, which include child and family services, counselling, community health services, specialist clinics, Casey adult mental health services, pathology, pharmacy, maternal child health nurses mecwacare, maternity services and Casey Cardinia Legal service. Utilising a highly collaborative approach, we developed a functional plan that placed clinical and consulting areas around the perimeter of the building to take advantage of the views and natural lighting, and the reception area at the centre to assist with accessibility and wayfinding. Large volume spaces such as the rehabilitation gym and multi-purpose spaces were located to take advantage of existing building features such as highlight windows and high raked ceilings.
The interior design scheme shapes a distinct sense of identity for the facility, combining a neutral colour palette of muted greys, with angled forms and geometric patterns, punctuated with a palette of bright feature colours representing the different clinical areas. A new, cantilevered entry canopy was incorporated into the design, signalling the building’s redevelopment as a health hub while remaining sympathetic to the surrounding built form and neighbourhood character.