Planpac Group were engaged by the joint venture company in 2012 to masterplan, design and document a large remote mining and accommodation village for up to 4,000 people at maximum capacity. One of the most significant buildings within the village was the detailed design and documentation of the medical first aid centre. The design of this facility in particular required a close working relationship and dialogue with the client to ensure a detailed understanding of operational staffing and the types of medical condition commonly treated to ensure the design was specifically tailored to meet the user demand.
The centre included testing facilities for routine drug and alcohol testing. Additional circulation and overflow spaces were required to allow for the treatment of excess patients in rare situations such as a contagious virus outbreak, a major associated mining accident or environmental disaster associated with the nearby coal mine.
Timely design decisions needed to be made to ensure a tight budget could be adhered to and to ensure construction could be completed in a very short programme. Further, robust materials were selected that were able to be easily transported to a remote site and that required very little or no long-term maintenance.