Atherton Hospital Redevelopment | Peddle Thorp

Atherton Hospital Redevelopment | Peddle Thorp | Photography: Andrew Watson Photography

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Atherton Hospital Redevelopment | Peddle Thorp

Traditional Land Owners
The Mbabaram Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers land on behalf of Bar Barrum People



Far North Queensland

Public Architecture
FKG Group
Andrew Watson Photography
Project summary

The Atherton Hospital Redevelopment is a building at the heart of its local community. A building that feels like home, that supports and retain staff, and nurtures and brings joy to patients.

References to the history of the site are woven throughout the design of the building, utilising shape and colour to connect to the history and natural form of the surrounding community. The building is wrapped in a colourful brick façade that reflects the form of the existing Hospital building demolished to make way for the new. Creating a playful welcome gesture that de-institutionalises the experience of people at the start of their healthcare journey.

Familiar forms and access to nature creates immediate connections for the community to the new facility fostering a sense of familiarity and belonging, creating a building that staff and patients want to be at, providing them with a joyful, healthy, and user-friendly Hospital.

The building provides patients and staff with the latest equipment improving their safety and has been designed to take in views of the countryside, with the large windows that deliver a light and airy atmosphere.

The building is beautiful, with the atrium surrounded by a variety of coloured tile panels to reflect the colours of the Tablelands.

I speak for all the staff in saying we really looked forward to moving into the new facility. It’s bright, sunny, and more spacious compared to our old facility making it easier for patients to move around yet maintaining a sense of privacy.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

GHD, Civil Consultant
GHD, Structural Engineer
LA3, Landscape Consultant
WSP, Services Consultant

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Atherton Hospital Redevelopment | Peddle Thorp | Photography: Andrew Watson Photography

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