Tablelands Clinical Education Centre
Armidale, NSW

 

The University of New England was successful in 2010 in securing both Commonwealth funding as well as a significant site within the Armidale and New England District Hospital Campus for the construction of a new teaching GP Clinic and almost 1500sqm of academic support space. With an ever increasing Medical and Allied Health Student cohort on the hospital’s campus, the University has capitalised upon the potential for heightened learning outcomes through the collocating of academic spaces within the working hospital.
 
 With Construction due to commence late 2011 the building proposes a state of the art teaching GP practice on the ground floor with two upper floors that offer an academic base for students completing practical work within the Hospital. The teaching spaces will offer a mix of informal learning environments, large seminar rooms, tutorial rooms, open plan administration spaces as well as two dedicated simulation laboratories and one rehabilitation gymnasium. The project offers a unique ability for the cross pollination of ideas between health professionals, students and academics within a dedicated and purpose built environment.
 
The project is seeking to deliver a supportive and healthy environment. Initiatives proposed include a design    that maximise passive energy and ventilation systems. Careful selection of materials, fittings and finishes will seek to deliver a high quality indoor environment. Through the above strategies, amongst others it is intended the building seek a 5 star Greenstar outcome, a first of its kind for the region.