SOUTHLAND BASE HOSPITAL, Invercargill, New Zealand

SOUTHLAND BASE HOSPITAL, Invercargill, New Zealand
SOUTHLAND BASE HOSPITAL, Invercargill, New Zealand
SOUTHLAND BASE HOSPITAL, Invercargill, New Zealand
SOUTHLAND BASE HOSPITAL, Invercargill, New Zealand
- 22,000 sq m Base Hospital
- NZ Institute of Building - National Awards Winner: Projects over $50m
- Building envelope design
- Reverberation treatment
- Speech privacy and sound insulation design
- Design, detailing and commissioning of 4 'free field' audiology rooms
“You should be proud of your efforts. We know that your input and support has been fundamental to the success of this project and on behalf of Fletcher Arrow Joint Venture, thank you for your contribution...
Lale Ieremai, Project Manager and Lew Airey JV Partner - Fletcher Arrow Joint Venture

Architect: Jasmax Architects and McConnel Smith & Johnson Architects
Client: Southland District Health Board
Budget: NZD$75M (construction)
Opened: September 2004
    
The  range of services provided by the Southland Hospital includes a 24-hour emergency department, acute medical and surgical, outpatient clinics, day procedures, comprehensive ancillary facilities including laboratory, medical imaging diagnostics, specialist neonatal, paediatric, maternity, rehabilitation, therapy (gymnasium, indoor pool) and audiology services.

The complexity and location of this project required very close and continuous liaison with the design team and builders to ensure the client's brief, timeline and quality were met, whilst introducing cost savings wherever possible.
Acoustical input covered all project phases.  Some of the acoustic design features are:

  • Design of building envelope to control noise from traffic, helicopters and mechanical plant.
  • Treatment of Entry, reception and lift lobby to reduce reverberant build up of noise.
  • Provision of carpet to non-clinical spaces and corridors to reduce impact noise and improve acoustics in these busy areas.
  • Speech privacy and sound insulation design so that confidential communications and hospital activities can proceed without hinderance (i.e. consultation, theatres, interview, tutorial, maternity wards).
  • Sound insulation design for control of noise from lifts, plantrooms and adjacent services spaces to assist with patient rest, sleep and recuperation.
  • Design, detailing, construction review and commissioning of 4 'free field' audiology rooms located with the hospital.

The successful commissioning measurements along with the favourable comments received, are recognition that the acoustics of this new hospital have been a success.