- GSH to be accommodated across six floors in a new Central Park building.
- First-of-its-kind multidisciplinary clinic reflects holistic approach to client care.
- Design takes its inspiration from Indigenous culture and natural, woven materials.
The showpiece UTS Central building going up on the corner of Jones St might be hogging all the headlines. But just a block away, on the corner of Abercrombie Street, another new UTS facility is about to take shape within the walls of the equally new One Hundred Broadway development – and it’s also set to be a head-turner.
Following development approval in November and the imminent appointment of a head contractor, work will shortly begin on a custom fit-out for UTS’s Graduate School of Health (GSH). Bringing together all GSH disciplines in one location over six floors (levels 5–10), the new facility will enable the School to open a multidisciplinary teaching clinic – the first of its kind to offer a holistic strategy to meet the complex health needs that arise in the local community.
Multidisciplinary teaching clinic to offer holistic patient care
Acting Head of School Professor Joanne Gray says the clinic on level 7 will bring together specialists across speech pathology, pharmacy, physiotherapy, orthoptics, clinical psychology, genetic counselling and Indigenous health.
“We are excited to be moving into this purpose-built space for our students and staff. It marks a significant chapter for the School as it will house a clinic that allows further interdisciplinary collaboration.”
The unique layout of the teaching clinic will incorporate a ‘meet-and-greet’ space for welcoming clients. The space will facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration between disciplines, ensuring that the health and wellbeing of the clinic clients and local community is the primary focus.
“Rather than being siloed in their own specialist areas, students guided by clinical staff will be working in collaborative teams across disciplines to produce the best outcomes for their patients, while gaining hands-on experience,” explains Deborah Bates, the Project Manager who is overseeing the fit-out. “The clinic has been custom-designed to support this more holistic way of managing complex health issues.”
Other floors will provide a range of purpose-built spaces to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration across the School. Discipline groups will be spread throughout the building, and each level will comprise teaching and learning, research and staff spaces to support integration and promote the UTS model of learning.
Other features of GSH’s new accommodation include:
- workspaces for 120 staff and 160 higher degree research students located alongside teaching and learning and research areas
- a large break-out space on level 8, which incorporates a collaborative kitchen and a boardroom with operable walls that slide open to accommodate functions
- a mix of collaborative study areas and fixed workstations for higher degree research students included on each level of the building to aid in cross-discipline collaboration
- an LCD screen on each floor to communicate key messages to staff and students, keeping walls clear of posters and signage
- an improved postgraduate lounge, building on the success of the current PG lounge in the Vicki Sara building, that further enhances the student experience and discipline integration.
An inspired design
While there will be no mistaking the clinical nature of the GSH’s new home, the internal design – by architects DJRD – has drawn inspiration from local Indigenous culture, in particular the weaving process employed by Sydney’s traditional peoples.
Finishes throughout the facility, from floor coverings to light fixtures and wall graphics, simulate handwoven textures, while splashes of colour – particularly greens and pinks – in the reception area, clinic, open-plan workspaces and breakout space bring warmth to the largely white colour scheme,
The postgraduate lounge on level 6 has its own distinct identity, courtesy of a bold blue wall graphic.
“It is hoped that the staff and community will come together in this purpose-built space to collaborate around multidisciplinary research, teaching and learning, and the health and wellbeing of our local community,” says Professor Gray.
The School is expected to relocate into the new facilities ahead of the Spring session in 2019, following practical completion of the fit-out works mid-next year.