TWO of Warrnambool’s most significant building projects, the Lighthouse Theatre and base hospital redevelopment, are in the running for major architecture awards.
They are among 240 entries in 11 categories for the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian awards.
The $9 million Lighthouse Theatre, designed by Williams Ross Architects, involved the redevelopment of the former performing arts centre and retention of aspects of the historic town hall.
It entailed new interior spaces, including a blackbox studio, front-of-house entry and bars plus a comprehensive upgrade of stage and theatre systems.
The institute describes the redevelopment as “a significant upgrade in level of amenity for all users from staff to patrons with universal access for all”.
“Most significantly, new foyer spaces provide opportunity for the theatre to engage with passers-by in the street, promoting performing arts to the community.”
South West Healthcare’s $115m base hospital project was designed by Health Science Planning Consultants.
“The core philosophy for upgrade of this hospital was to deliver the most modern and technologically advanced health facility for regional Victoria,” the institute summary said.
“Modern accommodation and contemporary workplaces, inherent flexibility to enable the logical future expansion of inpatients wards and integration of services including an integrated community health centre, are just some of the features to facilitate delivery of a 21st century public health facility.
“Patient-centre spaces such as multi-disciplinary consulting and treatment rooms are key features along with an interior design offering universal visual appeal.”
Entries will be exhibited in Collingwood from May 29 to June 29 and winners announced on June 21.