The project is an extension to Clare Holland House Hospice to increase the number of beds and staff amenity. This project had several challenges including budget, scope of work, multiple user groups and working within an operational facility. Working with a budget set 3 years ago the team had to find creative solutions to meet the target cost and anticipated minimum scope. At the same time the existing building provided challenges through a number of areas such as fire separation, replacement of a generator and main switch board, continuity of services and continuity of operation.
Complex and unusual brief requirements also presented challenges. In all, however the design team and construction team worked closely with the client to deliver a high-quality outcome within a complex operational environment. The new facility provides larger rooms and family spaces and more direct connections to the external landscape. It also provides greater privacy to rooms that overlook public areas next to Lake Burley Griffin.