Architects working on the design of a new children’s ward at the Lyell
McEwin Hospital in Adelaide chose laminates and timber veneers from Laminex to introduce a welcoming and fun ambiance to the space.
Located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH)
is currently undergoing a transformation as part of South Australia’s Health
Care Plan 2007 - 2016 (SAHCP), including the development of a new Children and
South Australian architectural practice, Cheesman Architects worked with
Laminex Australia to deliver a durable, easy-to-clean and welcoming environment
in the 1000sqm ward. According to Cheesman Architects Associate Senior Interior
Designer, Liliana Ramirez, key objectives for the design included delivering an
exceptional environment that would withstand high traffic, have long-lasting
durability and provide patients with a pleasant space.
The designer sought to move away from the ‘sterile’ clinical feel
usually associated with medical spaces, while still using hardwearing,
attractive products that could survive the harsh chemicals, high foot traffic
and the busy activities of a hospital ward.
Cheesman Architects selected a range of Formica and Laminex products,
including the strong, yet stylish Laminex Compact Laminate range, Laminex
Timber Veneers and Laminex Colour Palette.
Laminex Multipurpose Compact Laminate was chosen for its resistance to chemicals
and stains, easy cleaning and durability in withstanding heavy traffic.
Laminex Multipurpose Compact Laminate Platinum Micro and Laminex New
Graphite were used as toilet and shower partitions.
Laminex Timber Veneers were selected to create rounded corners for the
reception desk to introduce safety, preventing any potential injury caused by sharp
Cheesman Architects also relied on the Riven finish in the Laminex
Impressions textured surfaces range to create bespoke organic motifs on the
walls of some wards. Resembling trees, the motifs are made from Laminex Oyster
Linea and have been teamed with Laminex Juicy. Laminex Juicy and Laminex
Olympia Yellow have been used as bedhead panels across the ward. Laminex White
is used extensively as a neutral colour to bring together the bright palette.
The versatile decor has been used from the reception area to meeting rooms and
staff and assessment rooms. The playful print of Laminex Fusion Design Source
Garden Party was used to liven up a treatment room.
Laminex Espresso Ligna, Laminex Stone Beige, Laminex New Ash Dust,
Formica Deep Anthracite, Formica Velveteen were all used in waiting rooms,
corridors and the staff room.
Laminex Australia’s General Manager of Marketing, George Bej described
the design outcomes of the new Children and Adolescents Ward project at Lyell
McEwin Hospital as truly exceptional, adding that Cheesman Architects has cleverly
used Laminex products to deliver an inviting and engaging environment for the
young patients and their families while providing a dynamic workspace for the
doctors and nursing staff.