The Royal Children's Hospital was selected by the International Interior Design Association judges as Best of Competition in the 2012 Global Excellence Awards. The project was announced winner on January 19 2013 in Paris after having been selected Best of Category/Healthcare in December 2012.
In the lead up to Australian Healthcare Week, BLP Director Mark Mitchell spoke to Healthcare IQ about his experience leading the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre project.
The Royal Children's Hospital was the Overall Winner in the 2012 Interior Design Excellence Awards as well as receiving the Public Space award.
The judges noted the interior design "an outstanding exercise in cohesion, engagement and vibrancy. This project is not only a benchmark for its typology, it is contemporary interior design at its very best. The level of detail directed at children is amazingly engaging for them, and the furniture is magical.”
The Royal Children's Hospital has received the Best of the Best and the Public Buildings & Urban Design awards at the 2012 Building Products News Sustainability Awards.
The judges commented: "The sustainable design solution goes beyond the normal built fabric to address social sustainability considerations. It is to be applauded the way it integrates nature with the concept of nurture throughout the entire program of design to improve health outcomes. The result is all about wellbeing, rather than ‘ill-being’, creating a curing environment which embraces the psychology of healing a child."
Announced in Perth on November 1, the Royal Children's Hospital was recognised in the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 National Awards: Public.
"The jury found this to be an environment intuitive to its user groups, which include patients, their families and carers. The hospital’s bold use of art and installations, including its mini zoo of meerkats, and its sensitive provision of contemplative, respite and recreational areas, make this a holistic and therapeutic architectural project."
The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister and Member for Lalor, was on hand to turn the sod for the next stage of Billard Leece Partnership's work at the Werribee Mercy Hospital: construction of the Rehabilitation and Geriatric Medicine Service. The project comprises 30 specialist subactue beds, a gymnasium and a two storey community rehabilitation centre.
Billard Leece Partnership have previously completed masterplanning, feasibility studies and the Maternity and Special Care Nursery at the Hospital.
BLP's La Trobe University residential student accommodation in Wodonga was a winner in both the Commercial Category and Overall Category at the Think Brick Horbury Hunt Awards.
The judges observed that 'the building is simultaneously ethereal and weighty, hard and soft. The formal presence of the buildings is featured into the landscape through textures and tones of the brickwork.'
The Royal Children's Hospital, at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore October 3-5, was awarded in the Health category. The judges said 'It successfully removed the stigma of hospitals. It blends with the environment and especially the park, at the same time representing an iconic architecture.'
The Royal Children’s Hospital, on September 21st in London, was announced the winner of the 9th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Award for International Interior Design. The project was also shortlisted in the Public Building of the Year category.