Consumers shape main entry design
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Consumers, Mike Font (grey jacket) and Michael Watts (red vest), in action at a main entry workshop

Western Sydney Local Health District and Westmead Redevelopment consumer representatives, Mike Font and Michael Watts, and the architects HDR Rice Daubney, are part of a project user group (PUG) working on main entry design for the new hospital building.

Below are quotes from Mike and Michael. Both were interviewed during a recent workshop. They shared their experience and discussed the most exciting aspects of the main entry design and planning.

Interview with Mike Font, consumer representative

"What I find exciting is what the future of the main entry of the new hospital is going to look like.

My involvement today was looking into the ways of getting into the car park—which I would like to be a bit wider, in case anything happens going into it. We also discussed where the ATMs and water fountains are.

I would like the volunteers to have input as they play a main role in getting people into and out of the hospital.

My input into the design and construction of the main entry is getting me excited. I like being a member of this group."

Interview with Michael Watts, consumer representative

"A lot of planning has gone into getting the flow right - the flow of getting people in and out of the hospital. Getting the 'first timers' into the new building is important to me - so that they are able to find where they need to go, easily.

This is the second meeting and the architects have taken into account what we have come up with in the first meeting. So, that’s very reassuring and hopefully it will work out for them and for us.

I'm particularly looking forward to the forecourt called the plaza, out the front of the new hospital main entry. It's going to be a very usable space."

Consumer participation and involvement

Read more about consumer involvement at the Westmead Redevelopment.