|Juniper, a leading provider of Aged Care and Transitional Care in Western Australia, engaged SPH Architecture + Interiors to provide architectural and interior design services for the refurbishment of the 64 bed, 3 story facility in Bentley. The completed building now offers an uplifting, light enriched environment. The facility has been designed to encourage rehabilitation, enabling people who have had an acute health care episode to transition to residential care or return to their home in the community. The facility offers are range of areas purposely designed for allied health services including Physio, Occupational Therapy, Social and Pastoral Care services. The interior design was inspired by the mature eucalyptus trees that occupy the site, offering a soothing, restorative color pallet of cool blue and green hues. Connection to nature was a key design concept, SPH Architecture + Interiors lead the hard landscape design of the surrounding external areas, providing a new therapy courtyard, planters to resident’s balconies, and an external landscape upgrade to the facility entry, to improve wayfinding and visual amenity.
The project had a compressed programme, the SPH Interiors team had a particularly hands-on relationship with both client and builder. Lead times were critical and product selection was of the upmost importance to ensure an urgent delivery was obtained. Communication and adaptability were two qualities highlighted by the team to enable the delivery of a functional, high quality outcome for the client. Juniper chief executive Vaughan Harding noted the facility “will deliver a first class service helping older Western Australians through a vital phase in their recovery from illness. This highly significant service will help relieve pressure on the public hospital system and most importantly will support older people with the best possible nursing and allied healthcare.