SPH are committed to providing our clients with innovative design solutions that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, economically effective and environmentally responsible. Well-designed facilities are essential to support operational models and philosophies. Through active dialogue with peak bodies, government and vested-interest groups we are able to monitor current trends and produce buildings that support the needs of the owners, residents and the staff.
Interior + Workplace Design
The SPH interiors team is led by Director David Hall. David is a fully qualified Interior Designer and experienced architectural draftsperson, with over 35 years’ experience in commercial interior design sector. David has worked extensively with businesses and corporations to design effective, functional and inspired workplaces.
The interiors team is comprised of an additional three qualified interior designers, who each have extensive experience in commercial fitout. Their goal is to bring design and functional expertise to projects, through innovative ideas and a practical knowledge of spatial requirements. They strive to create high quality and sustainable interior environments, that are progressive, inviting and promote a sense of community in the workplace.
Whether working on large scale corporate or commercial fitouts, smaller interior refurbishments or a new build aged care facility, the SPH team understands the processes and demands of the various types of projects. Our interiors design process begins with an accommodation audit, and briefing procedure, to ensure we fully understand what is required of an internal space, working with our client to instil their company ethos and brand into the design. High quality design should deliver long term flexibility, have multi-purpose use, and be aesthetically inspired.
With a commitment to constant research, we ensure we remain current and fully informed in our specialist sectors. SPH pride ourselves on our ability to create different spaces that encompass both our end user’s needs and surpass our clients’ expectations.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Several years ago we designed WA’s first major commercial building to use architecturally finished insulated wall and roof panels to help achieve the state’s first GBCA 5 Star Green Star Certified building (eco 541, Subiaco Western Australia), whereby the base building and all three of the independently tenanted integrated fitouts are 5 Star Green Star Certified.
We are currently engaged in the final stages of achieving GBCA 4 Star Green Star certification for the City of Perth’s Key Worker Demonstration Project consisting of 48 apartments plus a multi-level public carpark.
Aged Care and Retirement Living
Jamie Penn heads up our aged care and retirement living team with 20 years of project experience in the industry. Jamie together with the SPH team strive for holistic design outcomes with seamless integration and co-ordination throughout the architectural design process.
Jamie is an expert in the design and certification of aged persons accommodation, having vast project experience working on high and low care facilities, transitional care, retirement villages and independent living units.
The SPH team understand that well-designed facilities are essential to support the desired care and community outcomes of the client and end user groups. Design for dementia is a key specialisation for SPH, and a significant consideration the team draws upon when creating new innovative spaces for clients.
Ensuring spaces are not only engaging and user friendly, but also compliant to industry recommendations, is an important aspect of the design process for the team.
Through active dialogue with peak bodies, government organisations and vested-interest groups within the aged care and retirement living industry, SPH is able to monitor current trends in the industry and produce buildings that support the needs of their owners, residents and staff.
Sustainable Design and Aged Care
Sustainable design in the aged care and retirement living sectors has the potential to dramatically reduce the financial burden of energy consumption, and improve the health and wellbeing of building users.
With the growing demand for aged care and retirement living, the costs associated with maintaining facilities which operate 24hrs a day, places an increased demand on existing grids. The increase in the cost of these amenities filters down to the end user groups, who cannot afford to keep paying more for electricity and water. Applying strategies for on-site energy product ion insulates against these rising costs, and allows greater resilience against climate change.
Implementing sustainable principles not only benefits operation costs and the environment, it also has significant effects on the wellbeing of the building users.
Many independent studies have shown that in designing space to make effective use of natural light, decreases the level of stress and agitation in residents, and particularly in those living with dementia. What’s more, evidence also suggests access to daylight in residential rooms sees a reduction in the request for pain relief, and an increase in overall mood and in recovery from depressive illnesses. These effects are also increased when natural light is paired with access to established views of nature.
The use of light is just one consideration in sustainable design. When looking specifically at design in aged care, the most important areas for reducing energy consumption include:
Introducing natural ventilation options such as cross ventilation, and strategic window and vent placement
Setting air-conditioning systems to efficient temperatures and maintaining the systems to improve efficiency and productivity
Regularly checking insulation and duct work for leaks and adopt insulation techniques such as weather stripping doors and windows, heat recovery systems and fitting retro fit insulation
- Incorporating eaves and outdoor shutters into designs
- Utilising motion sensors for lighting
- Ensuring the laundry system is energy efficient
- Ensure refrigeration, cooling and heating equipment are located in optimal positions, are well kept and well insulated
- Insulating the walls, floors and ceilings and installing ceiling fans in rooms to optimise temperature control
- Installing solar panels and consolidated heating units
- Strategically positioning buildings and trees for shade
Through designing buildings with sustainable principles in mind, architects are able to utilise new sustainable principles for energy saving purposes, and to ensure the built environment has a positive impact on building user.
Design For Dementia
The design of the physical environment is now recognised as a vital aid in the care of people living with dementia. Good design increases the wellbeing of patients, family members and staff, as well as increasing mobility, way finding and functionality.
According to Alzheimers Australia, there are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. This number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than five years. We believe it is essential that any aged care development take this into consideration and design the physical environment to be as enabling as possible for residents living with dementia. SPH will use the following resources during the design phase to ensure this is achieved:
- Dementia Facility Environmental Checklist (published by Dr Richard Flemming + Ian Forbes)
- DesignSmart: The rating tool for environments that work for people with dementia (developed by HammondCare’s Dementia Centre)
- iPad App BEAT D – Built Environment Assessment Tool: Dementia
- Benchmark the design against the Dementia Enabling Environment Principles (DEEP)
- Consult with Alzheimer’s Australia WA and have a design review undertaken
Environmental assessment tools are not only useful for auditing existing built environments but can be used to review design proposals. SPH adopted this approach for the Narrogin Cottage Homes project, auditing the design using one such assessment tool. Dementia enabling design principles were also captured in the brief and Alzheimer’s WA undertook 2 design reviews, one during the briefing phase and another during schematic design.
Through peak bodies like Alzheimer’s Australia WA, SPH is able to keep abreast of new technology and FF&E that support people living with dementia. Examples include appropriate selection of artwork with a preference for representative as opposed to abstract styles; dementia specific wardrobes designed to reduce confusion; and the use of a night light over the toilet which detects movement making it easier for residents to locate the toilet at night. All selections will be presented to the client and following approval specified and scheduled as part of our interior design process.
SPH’s teams have considerable experience in the delivery of Department of Education projects including TAFE Colleges and Early Learning (Childcare) Centres.
The team has a proven track record in effectively engaging with the wider community during the briefing and design process for these project types, and in working with both local and state government departments, to ensure the effective delivery of design and architectural services.
Through the understanding gained by engaging with the above mentioned groups, SPH is able to deliver projects that meet design and function briefs, and enhance community engagement with public space.
SPH’s teams have considerable experience in the delivery of Department of Education projects including; TAFE Colleges, Childcare centres, and Senior High and Primary Schools. The team has a comprehensive knowledge of the departments required processes, procedures and standard of deliverables, ensuring the timely delivery of functional, state-of-the-art projects.
The SPH specialist health team is headed up by Director Ali Devellerez. Ali is a fully qualified health planner and registered architect, with experience that spans across large scale government health projects to small scale regional projects.
The interiors team is comprised of an additional four qualified interior designers, who each have extensive experience in commercial office fitout, as well as fitout for aged care and retirement living, heath care, education, hospitality and resources sector.
High quality design is achieved through developing an understanding of our clients needs, the organisational philosophies, and our clients model of care. This in turn enhances the aesthetic experience of the building for the user groups, as well as reducing operational costs for the organisation.
SPH comprehensively understands the ins and outs of the regulatory framework for health projects, (including licensing and accreditation) especially for the Department of Health WA.
Clients can have confidence in the considered approach our team undergoes when working with them through government legislation to ensure compliance.
The complexity of health projects presents an environment which the SPH health team thrives upon as they strive to enhance the functionality of services and service delivery to staff, patients and visitors.
Patient experience is considered an equal to clinical and operational functionality when we plan our projects.
Resources + Non Production Infrastructure
SPH have developed a broad industrial sector portfolio ranging from materplanning, design of commercial
buildings and fitouts, to major works “Building the Future” for the Pilbara Basin resource industry.
We have considerable experience in the masterplanning of major industrial sites and depots including masterplanning Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s non-process infrastructure (NPI) components for the 40 year development of their port and rail facilities at Cape Lambert and Dampier and their major rail depots at 6 and 7 Mile (Karratha). SPH were engaged by Rio Tinto Iron Ore to assist with the 40 year masterplanning of their major Cape Lambert Port and Rail Facility, Parker Point and East Intercourse Island Port and Rail Facility, including the major workshop, warehouse and administration centres at 6 and 7 Mile, Dampier.
These projects led to SPH designing and documenting numerous administration, control centre, workshop, warehouse and sundry other new buildings and building refurbishments for Rio Tinto. SPH’s current engagement by Rio Tinto across the fields of masterplanning, building design and documentation, design reviews and design standards revisions is testimony to the fact that SPH can deliver regional projects on time and on budget in the short time-frames demanded by a major multinational client as they respond to rapid and massive increases in production to satisfy world demands. In addition to RTIO, SPH have also assisted BHPBilliton with the masterplanning of their port and rail facilities at Nelson Point and have recently designed and documented BHPB’s new Tug Boat Harbour Depot which included administration, training, workshop and warehouse facilities.
We are also currently engaged by Swire OilField Services on the development of their Pilbara Regional Operations Hub in Karratha.