Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology recently appeared in the April issue of the Australian National Construction Review Magazine. Feature article Continues below
nettletontribe Architects resumed its working relationship with Sonic Healthcare Group to collaborate in the design and delivery of the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) Central Laboratory.
SNP utilised nettletontribe’s expertise right from the commencement of the project. Having previously designed the Sonic Healthcare facility in Sydney plus other key projects in the health and research sector, nettletontribe contributed to the evaluation and design of schemes for different site options. “This assisted the client in the decision making process and helped find the optimal solution for their brief requirements,” explains Justin Morgan, Director of nettletontribe.
A highly collaborative architectural design process underpinned the success of the new SNP Laboratory. To facilitate collaboration, workshops and user group meetings were established with the facility manager, department managers, pathologists and a broad range of consultants. Here, as Justin describes, everyone “shared their knowledge.” 3D BIM modelling was used throughout the delivery process, resulting in improved collaboration, reduced re-work during construction and faster delivery.
The result is a user-friendly laboratory that defies the traditional ‛tight’ lab space. Instead, an emphasis on shared areas – flexible laboratories, lounge and meeting spaces – is integral to the facility’s collective design. A naturally lit atrium break-out area in the centre of the tower floor plate balances the intense and technical layout and provides some ‘loose’ space to facilitate meetings, relaxation and interaction. Critical to the design of the floor plate was flexibility. With internal layout changes likely to arise from organisational shifts and as yet unknown technologies, nettletontribe future-proofed the SNP Laboratory design. This was achieved by the strategic placement of vertical and horizontal circulation elements as well as large column free spaces and posttensioned slabs in the structure itself. For over 40 years nettletontribe has specialised in the design and planning of buildings and estates across Australia. nettletontribe’s design experts deliver architectural, interior design, masterplanning and urban design services, consistently producing quality outcomes for clients.