A project partnership between architecture firm The Buchan Group and the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland (LFQ) has come to fruition with the completion of the new Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village at Dutton Park.
The development has been designed to facilitate patient care for those who travel to Brisbane for treatment. It features four levels of residential apartments, office and patient support facilities and a basement car park over 5,750m².
The Buchan Group has a long standing relationship with the Leukaemia Foundation Queensland, which began more than a decade ago through Paul Malone, founder and previous chairman of The Buchan Group’s Brisbane practice. Malone was diagnosed with and made a full recovery from leukaemia and went on to become president of the LFQ.
“The brief was to design a facility that suited the needs and values of the Leukaemia Foundation so that the Village could act as a home away from home for these patients,” said Greg Sheehan, managing director of The Buchan Group.
“We were asked to design residential apartments and patient support facilities that were cost-efficient and practical, but nonetheless did not feel ‘institutional’. To achieve this we have designed a building that provides maximum air flow for patient comfort, large living spaces and pleasant views to minimise the impact of the house-to-apartment-living transition, and green spaces that have been landscaped with families in mind.”
“This project is a flagship project for the Foundation and the first multi-level urban development we have undertaken,” said Bill Petch, chief executive of LFQ. “We value highly our long term relationship with The Buchan Group in Brisbane and their support on this project has enabled us to deliver a fantastic and much-needed new facility for our patients and their families.”
The Buchan Group have also conducted architectural services for other LFQ projects including the Queensland Freemasons Leukaemia Village in Townsville and the Clem Jones – Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village at Nathan.