USyd staff explore design innovation in prototype rooms

Fundamental fine points of hospital design and high-tech innovations caught the interest of the University of Sydney staff during their tour of the prototype rooms.

Fourteen staff members of the University’s Westmead Initiative took photos, made notes and asked questions as they were shown around the Dragonfly Drive complex by Westmead Redevelopment Project Director of Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Leanne Creighton.

The team members said the prototype tour on Tuesday 14 May provided a glimpse of things to come in the Central Acute Services Building (CASB) and helped contextualise their own work.

It also provided an opportunity to better understand the work they’re contributing towards as proud precinct partners.

Director of the Westmead Initiative, Professor Chris Peck, said the prototype rooms were an impressive component of the ever-changing redevelopment and strongly supported its accessibility and collaborative approach.

“I love the concept of the on-site prototype rooms here at Westmead where all users have the opportunity to provide input,” Prof. Peck said.

“This input process is all-important in developing best-practice outcomes. It aligns with our Living Lab philosophy of co-designing solutions to pressing problems.

“We teach and use design thinking and innovative technologies at the University of Sydney so it’s satisfying to see it in action here at the prototype rooms.”

Prof. Peck said the tour also delivered valuable insight into where the precinct was headed.

“We’re looking forward to the CASB (Central Acute Services Building) opening,” he said. “Every time I look up towards the building now, there’s a significant visual change.”

The University of Sydney will occupy 1.5 floors of the new Innovation Centre, part of its commitment to enable greater integration of education, research and health services delivery. Keep up to date with the University’s Westmead Initiative at

  • The prototype rooms continue to be critical in completing the design and delivery of the new hospital building and refurbished spaces. The facility also provides staff and students the opportunity to orientate themselves to the new spaces and test out their models of care in preparation for the transition into the new building.