Relaxing places to recover a priority for new hospital master plan

More than 40 staff and project team members have attended a workshop for the New Bankstown Hospital as master planning progresses on the new CBD site.

The NSW Government has committed $1.3 billion to the project which will deliver a contemporary hospital facility on Chapel Road, Bankstown.

The workshop covered the orientation of the site, access to natural light, traffic flow, links to local transport, parking, sustainability and the potential for landscaping and green spaces which would connect the site to local views.

Patient experience was a key factor.

“Staff told us that every patient wants natural light, views and a relaxing place to recover,” New Bankstown Hospital Project Director Matthew von Bertouch said.

“They were interested to see how the hospital wards could take advantage of local views across the playing fields and the district towards the Blue Mountains, and how we could bring green space into the hospital through an entry plaza, gardens and courtyards.”

The idea of a hospital ‘town centre’ with vibrant retail and places to gather and relax was also very popular, along with accessibility and making the spaces welcoming for people of all ages, cultures and abilities.

The workshop included representatives from Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital medical, nursing, allied health and support services to ensure a whole-of-hospital approach to planning.

Community information sessions have also been planned with two drop-in sessions to be held at the existing hospital in June. For more information check our events page.

Master planning is expected to be completed later in 2024 and will provide the community with a ‘first look’ at the potential zones for the building, green space, parking and future expansion.

For more information about how we design and build a hospital, visit How to Build a Hospital.

Above: Staff at the workshop

 Above: Staff at the workshop