The second stage involved the accommodation corridor upgrade, and we delayed breaking through via the new kitchen until after the addition was complete, minimising disturbance to families utilising the existing ward facilities.
In a design move that would surprise most passersby, the new birthing suites are positioned directly behind the new curved, brick hospital façade. Privacy – both acoustic and visual – is nevertheless maintained via triple glazed windows. What this affords the suites is excellent natural light access, and timber slats on the façade provide an additional level of screening. Privacy film on the lower half of the windows prevents onlooking in any case, and adjustable internal blinds and dimmable switches allow midwives and birthing mothers further control of lighting levels. Other features in the suites include ample floor area and baths as option for birthing.