lyndoch primary care centre
at the forefront of health and wellness
Designed to make community health and wellness services accessible for the south west region of Victoria, the Lyndoch Primary Care Centre in Warrnambool is a new healthcare precinct which includes a GP Practice, Pharmacy, Pathology and a dental clinic.
The Lyndoch Primary Care Centre is an exciting addition to our commercial and health portfolio and delivers an innovative use of CLT (cross laminated timber), for the main structural component. The CLT is exposed in public areas, providing which highlights the craftsmanship and beauty of the structural timber from Ash.
The building sits co-located on a beautiful site adjacent the Hopkins river in Warrnambool, south west Victoria. We worked closely with Lyndoch Living to create a building that responds to the environment and creates a place of wellness.
Links to landscape and the use of natural materials were important in achieving this. The building creates a connection point between the seniors living and aged care on the site and the rest of the community, with a medical facility that provides a wide range of services to residents and community alike.
The education and co-working spaces are focused on investing in the skills of Lyndoch staff and connecting to the broader community.
We were commissioned to develop an environmental brief to reinforce the health and wellness functions of the Lyndoch Primary Care Centre. A number of elements contribute to its ESD credentials. The key innovation is the use of GluLam and CLT timber structure for more than 50% of the building where concrete would normally be used. This significantly reduces the building’s carbon footprint.
Other key ESD attributes include:
- rain water harvesting and reuse,
- thermally efficient facades,
- facades with reduced maintenance requirements,
- excellent daylight penetration,
- energy efficient lighting,
- 50Kw PhotoVoltaic solar system,
- energy efficient mechanical systems,
- Low VOC selections for internal materials and
- extensive native garden planting.
At the forefront of the design is the use of mass timber, a modern construction method that aids in providing a healthy environment for its occupants through its biophilic properties. See the article from ASH about the MASSLAM features throughout the centre.
The MASS TIMBER COUNCIL JOURNAL said:
“The Lyndoch Living Project is a testament to the use of mass timber and the positive impact it can have on good mental health for people in our ageing population residential care infrastructure. The choice of design was supported by Dementia Australia as an excellent material to support residential care developments in Australia.“