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CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS NBRSARCHITECTURE is driven to create life changing environments. We design spaces for people. We believe that architecture reaches beyond the physical construction of the built environment – it is a social art. Our aim is to create environments that have a positive impact on people’s lives. NBRSARCHITECTURE is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships, our portfolio - spanning public and private sectors - exhibits an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney, Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° Integrated Studio, with expertise in across Education, Heritage, Interior Design, Justice, Landscape Architecture, Life & Culture and Wellness. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.

SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE At NBRSARCHITECTURE we see that our purpose is to create life-changing environments for the people, communities and institutions we serve. Our user concentric, Social Architectural design skills help us to explore and positively transform the social and cultural forces which shape people’s lives. Our contemporary architecture is much more than simply buildings.

REAL INSIGHTS For NBRSARCHITECTURE design is the core of our practice. Our focus on thought leadership is an intentional journey to discover real insights; understanding and interpreting the needs and desires of the people and communities we serve. To do this we are committed to investing in the discovery of new concepts and applying these insights to guide our design thinking and solutions.

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Through out investment in thought leadership, we believe that NBRSARCHITECTURE contributes to long-term and meaningful creative partnerships with clients and consultants. It is these creative partnerships which help to shape our communities to create life-changing environments.

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PRINCIPLES: GOOD LIVING FOR ALL. WELCOMING HOMES People are at the centre of our approach to design and this is especially important for aged care. While aged care buildings are designed with its users in mind, we believe that they should not focus on ‘disability’. Aging is a natural process that will affect us all differently. We may have poor health and mobility, or require more assistance and care, but we still want to get on with our lives. We focus on creating environments which are welcoming and encouraging for residents and families. Small and domestic scale environments with natural light and access to gardens are required for healthy living spaces.

CARE GIVERS The delivery of high quality aged care requires specialist equipment, passionate and well-trained staff and innovative management. Carers are vital in supporting the residents’ happiness and health, listening and responding and adapting the environment. Every home is different in the way it functions and the community it serves. Aged care environments are also workplaces, so labour efficiency, health and safety, and maintenance are primary considerations in the planning of spaces. Engaged and detailed consultation with staff and management is required to create a solution that helps care delivery run smoothly and efficiently in the background. We develop environments that support staff well-being to help to reduce stress/burnout and boost staff satisfaction. Staff need buildings that are easy to maintain in order to spend more time in their primary caregiving roles.


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We believe in healthy environments and equal opportunity for people of all ages and abilities. FAMILY Family and community are important in creating a sense of home and belonging. Connectivity is necessary reduce isolation and loneliness, so a gradation of semiprivate and filtered spaces can help promote social interactions in a manageable environment. Houses need to be familyorientated to cater for all ages and a range of incidental daily activities such as cooking, dining and spending time outdoors. Architecture that inspires young and old can help bring them together. Uplifting spaces make people feel valued and respected, encouraging a sense of dignity for residents.

LIVING LOCAL Good environments for aging must be well located and integrated in the community. Increasing dependence on healthcare can make residents feel more house-bound and restricted in movement. Staying local means family and friends are nearby and helps residents maintain connection with place. Reduced mobility means increased reliance on public and private transport. Being close to amenity such as urban centres with cafes and restaurants, parks and nature walks helps us feel connected with our surroundings. Our experience in master planning and landscape design guides our approach to integrating facilities into their communities. Amenities for the community such as veggie gardens can foster community involvement and reduce isolation and support cultural vitality.

AGING IN PLACE Inside the home, increased care needs bring larger and more complex equipment. Unless managed well, these can impede on the domestic feel of spaces and create a ‘clinical’ environment. In order to age-inplace, we need spaces large enough to use and store mobility devices, hoists, water chairs and other support aids. A discreet ‘back-stage’ environment can help create a domestic environment for residents while allowing carers to do their job easily and efficiently. In special care and dementia environments, we aim for secondary corridors and discreet entrances for back-ofhouse areas, to reduce confusion.

ADAPTABLE & MANAGEABLE Age-friendly habitats need to adapt to individual needs and allow individuals to adjust their environment for comfort. Userfriendly environmental control supports freedom of choice and greater well-being. Memory loss can be a difficult experience for individuals going into care or aging in place. Residents can suffer trauma and sense of loss. Foreign environments become harder to deal with, especially when coupled with loss of vision and mobility. Space planning and material choice and colour can help significantly with wayfinding, reducing confusion and encouraging safe wandering paths. Adaptable habitats can accommodate a broad spectrum of care needs, allowing people to remain in familiar environments for longer.

Charles Sturt University Community & Wellness Centre Aged Care Design Capability Statement


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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS We live longer and healthier lives than we have ever done before. Therefore we need to explore what the housing needs for future generations of residents will be. They may prioritise staying at home or downsizing to places with reduced maintenance, better amenity and lifestyle opportunities. While some people may have a long-term plan for aging-in-place, many people do not plan to move into residential care until their care requirements are too high to stay at home, often as a result of an accident. With increasing ‘consumer-choice’ and a growing aged care market, a one-size-fits-all approach is not possible. Family are often closely involved in the selection of homes. We work closely together with clients to understand who they are catering for and how local contexts affect design.

STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES It is clear that aged care must be well-integrated and dispersed within the community. Multi-generational neighbourhoods which are good for children and elderly alike also support others in the community. By integrating all these functions into urban areas, we can reduce the isolation and stigmatisation of aged care within the community. We support clients making strategic planning decisions by helping them review existing assets and exploring new opportunities for future development.

We believe that age-friendly environments must provide integrated housing and healthcare in the community and reduce the stigma of aging and illness. MASTER PLANNING In our experience, robust master planning is vital in ensuring good asset management and efficient use of funding. We have been involved in master plans across a range of public and private campuses. Masterplans represent a vision for a service, and therefore need to reflect the priorities of the service provider. A responsive and engaging planning process can ensure that the site and building design can accommodate the long term goals of the masterplan. Buildings must be designed to be robust and resource-efficient; with the capacity to grow and flex quickly. A well-designed approach to infrastructure can support changes in management, growth in services, and staged redevelopment.

HEALTH NEEDS An increasing number of aged care residents require complex clinical care. High quality health care needs to be integrated into residential environments. Strong integration between residential care and health care is required to provide for the whole of a person’s health needs, from prevention through to end of life and across both physical and mental health. With more and more people living with chronic conditions and multiple health issues, more complex and specialised care needs to be provided. New health technologies can be integrated into the design of homes to promote better individual health management and control. This can also support health monitoring, allowing staff to provide better care. People often move into residential care when their care needs become unmanageable at home. A person-centred approach to health care needs to do more than provide medication and monitoring. Residents need to be engaged in their own health management along with carers, doctors, nurses and families. The therapeutic environment has a significant impact on individual health and recovery. We believe good quality domestic spaces with lots of natural light, space to move, interesting views and fresh air should be prioritised even for those with extremely limited mobility. Restful spaces can be created through the manipulation of light and sound qualities of a building.

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As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° Integrated Studio, with expertise in across Education, Heritage, Interior Design, Justice, Landscape Architecture, Life & Culture and Wellness. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.

The Education Studio is committed to designing innovative spaces that nurture learning. By conducting research in to current and projected trends, NBRS have extensive knowledge in catering for the evolving future of junior, senior and tertiary education facilities.

Landscape Architecture is an amalgam of art and science. As designers, Landscape Architects are required to be careful interpreters of the natural and cultural conditions of a site. Our Landscape Studio seeks to create attractive, meaningful, usable, connected and equitable spaces that embody sustainable design principles.

ARCHITECTURE Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition. With a commitment to cutting-edge design and a uniquely client focused approach, we work continually towards achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering innovative projects of all types and scale which can only be achieved through extensive client consultation, meeting the project objectives, having sound technical expertise and competent management. Situated within a full-service firm, our team of architects is able to work closely in creative partnerships, considering all facets of a project from its earliest stages.


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HERITAGE Our Heritage Studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptive-reuse design. We have experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods and in design documentation and project administration of projects for both government and private sectors.

INTERIOR DESIGN Our Interior Design Studio is passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We deeply consider how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings.

JUSTICE The Justice Studio is creating impactful, well rounded design solution to improve the lives of compromised people. With a wealth of experience across correctional facilities and other justice buildings, the NBRS seeks to create responsive facilities that service all who interact with these spaces.

LIFE & CULTURE The Life & Culture Studio is a foundation studio at NBRS. Passionate about human centred design and creating spaces that engage people for civic, religious, cultural and recreational purposes.

WELLNESS Through ongoing research and the development of future focused wellness spaces, the Wellness Studio continues to create impactful designs for a range of clients and communities.

STUDIO PLUS Studio Plus offers support services including: Compliance, BIM, Communications, Graphic Design and Finance.

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PEOPLE NBRSARCHITECTURE is led by its Board of Directors who bring extensive experience across all sectors of architecture, landscape, heritage and interior design insuring industry best practice and alignment of all studios to the company vision and core values. The six directors also work collaboratively to ensure effective governance across design, operations, finance, HR and project delivery. The following NBRSARCHITECTURE aged care team is a multi-disciplinary studio working to deliver care environments and accessible living environments for older people.

CARE ENVIRONMENTS Brett Sherson is an Associate Director and leader of the health team. He has 10 years’ experience in the procurement and delivery of a range of large health and educational projects. As health team leader, Brett will provide leadership in the design of care environments. He has experience in high care residential environments and subacute aged care. He will provide project management from the early planning phases to construction and completion. Prior to NBRS, Brett gained experience at DesignInc Sydney where he worked on a number of large PPP consortium bids. He understands that an integrated project management and a creative partnership

Brett Sherson Associate Director Studio Principal - Wellness


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between the design team, client and end users is required for successful project delivery. He is also engaged in research at NBRS into spaces for wellness. Alison Huynh is a senior architectural graduate specialising in planning and design for the health and aged care sectors. She has project experience in a range of acute and mental health precinct masterplans in Australia and overseas. She has been involved in strategic benchmarking and design research for public and private sector clients and supported the development of business cases and PPP briefs. Prior to NBRS, she gained experience with MAAP Architects working closely with NSW Health Infrastructure and other states and territories on a range of acute health precincts. She has experience working in international design teams and PPP consortiums. Alison’s interest in the design of personcentred care extends beyond the acute environment and her focus is on providing wellness in aspects of the built environment. She has specialist knowledge in environments for both acute physical and mental health, as well as secure environments for forensic care and dementia care.

Alison Huynh Health Designer Architectural Graduate

Bernadette Keenan Health Planner Design Consultant

Bernadette Keenan is an experienced health planner providing ongoing specialist advice to the NBRS team across all health projects. She also participates in research and innovation within the practice. She has 33 years acute hospital and nursing experience and 15 years operational management experience. Bernadette established her own practice BKHP in 2012 to provide consultancy services to a wide range of clients. She provides service planning, change management, operational service review, and advice for developing systems and processes in diverse healthcare environments. David Heap is a project architect with experience in aged care projects in Australia, New Zealand and UK. Prior to joining NBRS, David delivered a number of aged care projects (refurbishment and new build) for Baptistcare, Catholic Healthcare and Allity Aged Care. His most significant project was a leading role in the design development, documentation and construction services on a new 160 bed residential aged care facility in Canberra. He provides design guidance and experience to deliver unique solutions for aged care service providers.

David Heap NBRS Associate Project Architect

Andrew Duffin NBRS Director Project Leader

SENIORS LIVING Andrew Duffin is a Director of NBRS and project architect with a depth of experience in the design of people-centred spaces for living, working and gathering. He has delivered multi-unit housing, seniors living and gathering places for a range of public and private sector clients across Australia. He will provide leadership in the design of living and community spaces for older people. Barry Flack is a Senior Associate and project architect with an extensive portfolio in single and multi-unit housing as well as public buildings. He will provide design expertise across independent living projects within the aged care environment.

CONSULTANT SERVICES Hung Ying Foon Gill is an interior designer and an Associate and will lead the interior design of health environments. She has previously worked in Singapore, London and Indonesia and has an extensive portfolio including a wide range of health, education, commercial and residential projects in Australia and overseas. As a trained architect as well as interior designer, she is able to take on complex design briefs and develop them into elegant solutions.

Barry Flack NBRS Senior Associate Project Architect

Trevor Eveleigh is an Associate Director and provides design advice in BCA, fire safety, access, compliance and ESD. He supports the design team on building regulation issues and has a breadth of experience across a wide range of sectors. He works closely with designers in architecture, interior design, landscape and engineering to ensure accessibility and safety in design. Trevor is experienced in the field of Environmentally Sustainable Design and he is an Accredited Professional in Green Star Assessment under the Green Building Council of Australia.

Samantha Polkinghorne is a heritage architect and Associate Director of NBRS available to assist the architectural team in projects that have conservation or heritage conditions. She has prepared a range of Conservation Management Plans and gained a well-rounded understanding of how to manage the care and conservation of heritage buildings based on their history and physical condition, in light of establishing successful adaptive re-use opportunities.

Andrew Leuchars is a Director of NBRS and leads the landscape design studio, supporting the architectural team to ensure an integrated design solution between the built form and landscape elements. He will seek to develop design outcomes that express an understanding of the site’s history, both natural and cultural, in creating a therapeutic environment for wellness and recovery. He is experienced in the landscape design of accessible public spaces and environments for outdoor participation and activation.

Hung-Ying Foon Gill NBRS Associate Interior Architect

Trevor Eveleigh Associate Director Access and Compliance Advisor

Andrew Leuchars NBRS Director Landscape Architect

Samantha Polkinghorne NBRS Associate Director Heritage Architect

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An innovative exploration of a transformational health environment. Envision Publications comprise of the culmination of in-depth research and design work conducted by architectural students working in conjunction with mentors within the practice in our Envision Student Program. The research is a 21st Century response to the health care continuum. An opportunity for Australian healthcare lies in a ‘wellness neighbourhood’ that engages the community and empowers life-long health activism rather than episodic care. The built environment should engage the community in a mission for wellness.


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“An opportunity for Australian healthcare lies in a ‘wellness neighbourhood’ that engages the community and empowers life-long health activism rather than episodic care. The built environment should engage the community in a mission for wellness.”


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Preventative healthcare must be seen as an integral part of the healthcare professionals role, and of the community. Studies have found that the returns on investments in proven community-based disease prevention are substantial, US$6.60 for every US$1 invested. A person’s healthcare life-cycle involves three phases, each may be characterised by its preventative or responsive nature. To lessen the burden on the ‘respond’ zone, prevention must be everyone’s business. By increasing the resources allocated to prevention in both the ‘prepare’ and ‘remember’ portion of a person’s life, we can shift the drivers of detrimental health behaviours which result in poor health and chronic illness. An opportunity for Australian healthcare lies in a ‘wellness neighbourhood’ that engages the community and empowers life-long health activism rather than episodic care. The built environment should engage the community in a mission for wellness. A series of community fixtures that engage patrons in physical, mental and social health in order to empower a sense of familiarity in the broader health environment.


CASE STUDY #1 FOR SENIORS The brief for this ENVISION project was to explore how architecture can provide affordable habitats that are low cost in construction while maintaining high quality design, amenity and quality of life for inhabitants, across a range of scenarios. The BISI approach outlines the integration of the built environment, infrastructural networks and social capital which reactivates the morphological fabric; applying iterative architectural interventions. In turn this promotes sustainable growth and diversity within all demographical segments through site specific affordable habitats for low-income households. The Framework is adaptable across the age & demographic spectrum. It’s multi-angled, adaptable approach enable bespoke design outcomes for a wide variety of scenarios.

“Spaces for ‘social capital’ encourage activity, to make living in the community as seniors a vibrant experience, rather than a depressing waiting game. The spaces provide a reason for residents to leave their private units and spend time together.”

There are several challenges in accommodating Seniors. These include isolation, as they may have moved or lost a spouse, a loss of independence due to poor health and the loss of normal income. As they are often unable to drive themselves or travel large distances, good internal infrastructure and facilities within the village are crucial. Most important is for a strong sense community to be supported within the village. Residents need spaces, not only to live, but to gather and undertake activities together. When creating a residential habitat for seniors, however, their visitors also need to be considered. Facilities should accommodate gatherings of a variety of sizes, catering to a range of demographics while maintaining access for the elderly. The aim is to create an affordable environment that fosters independence and dignity. With this in mind, spaces need the ability to be personalised and support independent living for those with declining physical mobility.

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PROJECTS: RESIDENTIAL CARE. BUPA AGED CARE Bupa Aged Care is a major residential aged care provider with more than 70 care homes across the country. Bupa provides an extensive range of care and support to more than 6,700 residents, including residential, respite and specialised dementia care. Their model of care aims to provide preventative care, reducing the need for hospitalisation and supporting residents with in-home Bupa GP’s and nurse practitioners. Their person-centred care for people living with dementia focuses on understanding individual experiences, values, history, and preference, tailoring unique experiences for residents. Bupa Aged Care have engaged in a comprehensive strategy for renewal of Aged Care and Dementia facilities. This has predominantly been the repurposing, retrofitting, and reenergizing aged buildings into Aged Care infrastructure for Geriatric and Dementia residents, ensuring the life expectancy of Bupa’s infrastructure will extend beyond 2030. Brett Sherson has led this roll-out project and understands the complexities of adding new service infrastructure into existing building structure with limited scope services reticulation. The focus in this project was to create a softer more home-like community environment which included casual lounges and a domestic kitchen when residents could assist in meal preparation.



Morphetville RAC

Brett Sherson (Project Manager)

Campbelltown RAC

Alison Huynh (Architecture)

Berry RAC

Leo Cooper (Architecture) Giulia Mardaga (Interiors)

ESTIA HEALTH Estia Health is a growing aged care provider operating in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia. Estia seeks to deliver a family-orientated care service with a strong sense of belonging. Emotionally supportive and well-maintained environments which are safe and adaptable are designed to allow residents to maintain their independence, be involved in hobbies and interest and develop ne skills. Dining and good nutrition is emphasised, with on-site chefs encouraged to tailor balanced menus for residents, as well as create an excellent dining experience. Estia Health is renewing and redeveloping facilities across NSW and Victoria to provide more-fit-for purpose environments. A number of feasibility reviews and concept studies have been undertaken by the NBRS Team. Brett Sherson, David Heap and Alison Huynh are working with Estia Health to explore the expansion and redevelopment of a number of their facilities. Estia Coolaroo is an existing facility currently in design development.


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Coolaroo RAC

Brett Sherson (Project Manager)

Bentleigh RAC

Alison Huynh (Architecture)

Ryde RAC

Leo Cooper (Architecture)

BAPTISTCARE Baptistcare is a major NFP care organisation providing aged care, home care, community and disability services. They seek to provide housing for the disadvantaged and low-income earners. Aged care and dementia care services are focused around small home groups with intimate lounge and dining areas to support a privacy and human scale in their developments. David Heap brings experience working with Baptistcare to deliver a number of refurbishment projects to existing aged care facilities. The residents remained in their homes in each of these projects, which resulted in detailed staging of the works to minimise disruption. Baptistcare Griffith is a new 160 bed aged care facility in Canberra. This was a flagship project for Baptistcare, with state of the art technology and energy efficient systems. The facility comprised eight houses, each with 16 rooms. These were arranged in pairs to allow the lounge/dining and staff areas to be shared, other than the dementia wing which had separate smaller lounge/dining areas to each house and only the staff areas were shared. The building contained a large cook-fresh kitchen, laundry facilities, chapel and underground parking, along with an internal ‘street’ containing hairdresser, café, cinema and physiotherapy suite. Externally there were secure landscaped outdoor spaces, areas for resident gardening, and a specially designed dementia garden.



Griffith RACF

David Heap (Project Architect)

Nicola RACF

CATHOLIC CARE David Heap led the design and development of a multi-storey inner city aged care facility for Catholic Care. The existing facility comprised two buildings, each with their own separate entry foyer. Residents in the facility have fairly low care needs, with each of the floors being a self contained home containing between 10 and 12 bedrooms, lounge/dining areas, resident laundry and outdoor balcony areas. The works involved creating an accessible link between the buildings to allow one entry point to the facility which had significant staffing benefits. In addition, unused lounge areas on each floor were converted to additional rooms, and the rooms on one of the floors were modified from one-bedroom suites to single rooms.

PEOPLE: David Heap (Project Architect)

ALLITY AGED CARE David Heap has provided project management and architectural services to Allity Aged Care for three refurbishment projects. These were older facilities which were rather dated, and all involved significant modifications to the common areas to comply with the Allity design standards. New entry foyers, cafes and external shaded areas were created, along with cosmetic upgrades, and creation of storage areas, to the corridors. In addition, the resident rooms and ensuites were upgraded as part of an on-going rolling refurbishment which continued after the common areas were completed.

PEOPLE: David Heap (Project Architect) Aged Care Design Capability Statement


PROJECTS: SENIORS LIVING. INGENIA COMMUNITIES Ingenia is a property group providing a large range of lifestyle communities across urban and coastal regions around Australia. Their lifestyle and holiday campuses are targeted towards seniors and over 50s with well-maintained rental villages and home sites. Their facilities provide a wide range of community activities and services including pools, leisure activities and bowling greens, community halls and other services. Traditional retirement villages and secure garden community living environments are also provided in a range of locations. Ingenia Latitude One is a new landmark development in Port Stephens masterplanned with a wellequipped clubhouse and a range of well-designed homes. Brett Sherson and Alison Huynh have led the design of the clubhouse which includes a full-sized bowling green indoor pool, spa, outdoor pool, community hall and lounges, cafĂŠs and BBQ areas. The Latitude One development is a multi-disciplinary project incorporating landscape, interior design and pool design specialisms within NBRSArchitecture.



Latitude One

Brett Sherson (Project Architect)


Alison Huynh (Architechture)


Leo Cooper (Architecture) Sophie Orrock (Interiors) Andrew Leuchars (Landscape) Derek Mah (Pool Design)


Tower Prayer House

Gateway Wellness Centre



Bowling Green




Anglicare is a large care NFP care provider supporting people at all stages if life, including home care, residential aged care, retirement living, foster care, dementia care and migrant and refugee support. As operators of 23 retirement villages across Sydney and the Illawarra, Anglican Retirement Villages focus on providing maintenance free living in a safe, communal village setting. Anglicare villages provide access to a variety of services and activities to support healthy, active and social lifestyles.

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Anglican Retirement Village in Castle Hill required a new masterplan to replace an existing development built in the 1970s. Design principles including the improvement of circulation, community, privacy and flexibility were applied. Andrew Duffin and Barry Flack led the NBRS team to develop a concept master plan which included 458 independent living units and a new Town Centre. The masterplan philosophy was to integrate a typographically and socially diverse site to secure universal access for all residents by creating unique pedestrian access or focal points. These would unlock the connectivity to the hill and assist residents and community members of all levels of ability & agility to reach the health & wellness support facilities within the Town Centre.



Castle Hill Retirement Village

Andrew Duffin (Project Manager) Barry Flack (Project Architect)

IRT GROUP IRT is a large community-based lifestyle and care provider for seniors in NSW, ACT and Queensland. Originally based in the Illawarra region, IRT had led the industry in the development of seniors communities based around activities and lifestyles. Their community based living approach seeks to provide arrangements for individuals at all stages of mobility and health within an accessible and wellmaintained campus. IRT Catering branch provides in-house catering services for meals to care centres. Nutritious seasonal menus are prepared off-site and delivered throughout NSW and ACT. Brett Sherson and Andrew Duffin are providing design and documentation services to IRT to complete the Woodlands campus including residential aged care and independent living units. Masterplan and design changes during construction have led to more innovative approaches to internal planning of the units. The care facility is to be expanded to incorporate more beds and a dedicated dementia unit with secure gardens and walking routes. This project incorporates both care and living environments, and includes an independent clubhouse with shared facilities, pools and leisure.



Woodlands RACF and ILUs

Brett Sherson (Project Manager) Andrew Duffin (Project Architect) Leo Cooper (Architecture) Alice Cutcliffe (Architecture)

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PROJECTS: COMMUNITY HEALTH. CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY HEALTH CLINIC, ALBURY, VIC The Community Health and Wellness Clinic is an on-campus clinic that provides the students an opportunity to apply their newly developed coursework skills in an authentic clinical work environment dealing with real people with real issues. An aim of the new centre is to move away from reactive medical treatment by encouraging “wellness” through prevention and intervention based services. Consequently the centre will have an innovative role in health care. The services on offer include podiatry, physiotherapy, psychology, speech pathology and occupational therapy, amongst others. The spaces are designed to be family friendly and accessible to all walks of life. There are views of the natural landscape through visual connection of major spaces in the building. Interior spaces are designed to encourage community engagement and wellness: fresh & natural. The use of lime green is to provide a tranquil and refreshing environment, reflecting a sense of renewal, peace & nature. It is complimented with a neutral colour intended to relax patients mentally and alleviate any anxiety. Nominated Personnel: Garry Hoddinett (Project Architect), Hung Ying Foon Gill (Interiors)

CHATSWOOD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE, NSW Brett was the lead architect delivering the Chatswood Community Health Facility with Health Infrastructure and SAVILLS project management. The facility provides child and family health services in a dense, low-rise, residential area operating under a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model via Royal North Shore Hospital. Services include; •

Child and family Health

Paediatric occupational therapy

Paediatric physiotherapy

Paediatric speech pathology

Child and youth mental health services.

This project came about from extensive clinical and community consultation. Brett’s role on this project extended from Stage 1 Services Procurement Plan to Stage 4 Post Occupancy Evaluation. What he found particularly challenging about this project was navigating the different users’ needs into a purpose-built facility. For many years each specialist service was delivered in a standalone, single story, brick Cottage. The objective of this project was to deliver services under one roof changing this service model to a single building, with multiple services and users, sharing space. There were also many challenges constructing this project in a dense built environment where privacy, acoustics, parking and natural daylight were a premium. Nominated Personnel: Brett Sherson (Project Architect at DesignInc Sydney)


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HOSPITAL FOR SPECIALIST SURGERY, NORWEST BUSINESS PARK Bretty Sherson was project architect from the first stages of site selection and feasibility through concept design, development and construction are being undertaken for mdEquity a consortium of surgeons wanting a purpose built hospital. The challenge was turning a dated commercial building into a contemporary hospital. The existing structure and services were never designed for hospital loads i.e. pool, ORs and services plant nor was the building BCA classification in line with the health requirements. The existing building was striped back, reclassified, gutted, and re-serviced. A number of key lessons were learned by the project team in the process for retrofitting health buildings including: •

Complexities of matching facades and glazing to existing, and the extensive scaffolding requirements for facade alterations and renewals;

Clinical refurbishment will significantly increase requirements, service loads and plant requirements, especially in the case retro-fitted operating theatres requiring hepa-filters.

Ensuring water-tightness throughout construction and fit-out is often complicated when balconies and small areas are being in-filled - discrete new elements which do not impact existing roof structures are a major benefit to construction cost and programme.

Nominated Personnel: Brett Sherson (Project Architect)

ENVISION WELLNESS, 2017 (RESEARCH) The Envision Wellness Series are short desktop studies comprising of case study, research and analysis. This provides us with the knowledge to provide strategic advice and guidance to our clients.









The three Wellness papers published in 2017 pertain to different ways patients respond to and react to health spaces. The three research ins-talments are; ‘Welcoming Spaces in Acute Care’, ‘Residential Care for Younger People’ and, most recently, ‘Patient Experiences in Emergency’. All papers are human centred by design. People and these health spaces often intersect at times of high stress. Instead of a peripheral backdrop, these spaces can have an positive impact on the patients’ experiences. Across these papers we explore innovative and responsive solutions to creating more functional, holistic wellness centred spaces. In this way we take unique, developed research into each project we undertake. Cutting edge, future focussed research drives our practice and ensures that our work not only meets contemporary health demands but pushes into innovative new spaces to create the best environments possible. Research Papers: Alison Huynh, Bernadette Keenan, Brett Sherson

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NBRSARCHITECTURE strives to create and life changing environments for the aging population that fosters care and community.

Aged Care  

NBRSARCHITECTURE strives to create and life changing environments for the aging population that fosters care and community.