The McKellar Mental Health & Wellbeing Centre is a state-of-the-art acute mental health facility. This was the first of the four projects under the Mental Health Beds Expansion program, operated across four sites including Northern Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. The centre aims to provide residents in Greater Geelong with better access to mental health support by increasing capacity and delivering high-quality care in a safe and contemporary setting. The design approach for the facility, along with the three other hospitals, was to create a residential feel in the critical care wards and avoid a sterile environment.
Working together with BG Architecture and AECOM teams, LPA provided a lighting solution focusing on light fixtures that met the highest standards of safety, quality and compliance. Given the critical care nature of the wards, it was imperative that all fittings were anti-ligature, tamper-proof and IK-rated, guaranteeing the safety of both patients and staff. The light fixtures went through an intensive selection process by multiple parties for approval. Our expertise in mental health lighting standards and experience in the field helped us assist with the lighting calculations and conformity of lighting levels according to AS1680.