In 2009, a review by the ACT Government found an ageing population, changes in consumer demand and the impact of new technologies along side shortages of a skilled work force, was placing pressure on ACT health infrastructure. MSJ was commissioned to assist the Capital Asset Development Plan with briefing skills and master planning to ensure the availability, viability and safety of future health care facilities in the ACT region.
Additionally, MSJ was engaged for the design and documentation of Belconnen Community Centre (BCC) and construction was completed in 2013. The BCC represents the largest of the several centres developed. Strategically located opposite the town centre shopping mall, the BCC accommodates Multi Disciplinary Clinics, Dental Suites, Physiotherapy and Renal Dialysis Clinics and X-Ray Rooms.
While the separate entrance pavilion addresses Lathlain Street, the curved form of the main building responds to the sweep of Cohen Street. To reduce the apparent length and scale of the Cohen Street elevation, which curves from the north to the north-east, the sun control of the two overlapping facades, responds respectively to the changing aspect.
Major Services - Master Plan, Feasibility, Architecture and Interior Design Client - Thinc Health Completion - 2013 Value - $51m Architects in association with May Russell, Canberra