This new design has drawn on the lines and connections established by the multi storey block to generate the forms for the Union site. The angle of the glass facade has been drawn through the Union Site to meet at the boundary junction of Wellington and Cleveland Streets. This feature was created so that the front/main entrance into the Health Hub would reveal itself much sooner to the Wellington Street commuter and be highlighted along Wellington Street as the approach is made from either direction. The drive through component of the site has been redirected and the main entrance and the area under the existing Health Hub block has been redeveloped.
The corner of Cleveland and Wellington Street has been defined and reinforced by the vertical place marker which anchors the complex to the site around which the new main block revolves. The Wellington and Cleveland Street corner facades are reflective of the adjoining Hub glass façade with a louvred addition. This treatment has been added to liven up the corner element, provide sun protection treatment from the northern and western sun; the pattern for the louvre additions has been carried out to reflect an unknown DNA sequence.
The place marker has been drawn along Wellington Street and developed into a podium and street level façade. The podium accommodates the mid-level basement and will be developed with a landscaped roof terrace. The new pedestrian entrance into the Hub is via a landscaped paved forecourt of accessible grade off Wellington Street up and into a newly developed foyer space. This has been so positioned to connect the existing and new Hub components at ground level and to provide a focal/meeting point for the facility.
The top floor of the development has been set back from the main medical centre facades to assist in reducing the bulk of the building, to preserve the streetscape along Wellington and Cleveland Streets and to provide the upper level with a suitable level of privacy. A light court has been located between in the middle of the office space and positioned to drop down between the carpark on the former ‘Dip n Strip’ site and the new medical tenancies. This has been designed to allow natural light into all the tenancies including ground floor so that we can maximise light penetration as deep as possible into the floor plates.
A new carparking arrangement has been proposed where short term parking will be provided at the main entrance level, whereas longer term parking will be via Cleveland Street to an expanded multi-storey undercover carpark.