Timber reflects healing and renewal at Flinders Cancer Centre

Friday, 22 June 2012 in Boral

Timber reflects healing and renewal at Flinders Cancer Centre

Boral Timber hardwood products have been used extensively in the development and design of the new Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer located in Adelaide, South Australia.

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) occupies a state-of-the-art building designed by Woodhead Architects on the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) campus and represents a joint venture between Flinders University, FMC and the FMC Foundation. The integrated cancer centre focuses on innovative prevention strategies, clinical, biomedical and translational research and holistic patient care.

Boral Silkwood engineered hardwood flooring, Boral hardwood cladding and Boral 19mm solid strip timber in Blackbutt species was specified for several spaces within the centre including the flooring, stair cladding, balustrades and ceiling. The pre-finished Boral Silkwood boards were selected for the wall panelling and some of the ceiling linings around the building’s staircases. The central atrium staircase is lined with Boral Timber’s Blackbutt solid strip flooring, which creates a ribbon-like feature that wraps throughout the open atrium. It branches out and merges into floors, balustrades and ceilings extending into research and care areas to embrace all participants of the building, which was a main goal of the atrium space.

One of the unique elements of the facility structure is the two internal/external stairwells. The top section of the stairwells, which are within the building, are clad with Boral Silkwood engineered hardwood flooring while the undersides are covered in Boral’s shiplap cladding to protect against the elements.

The philosophy of integration, care and innovation is embedded in the design of the Centre, a theme which, according to Woodhead Architects, is carried throughout every element of the facility. “The initial brief for this project was to develop a facility which would combine the disciplines of research, patient care, treatment and public access areas,” said Hayley Brooks, Interior Designer with Woodhead Architects. “The design intent is to encourage collaboration and provide a sense of hope and positivity. We used the central atrium staircase to act as both the physical and metaphorical spine of sharing and collaboration.

“Timber was the practical choice for its sustainable qualities and durability but it also reflects a theme of growth, healing and renewal. It provides the warmth that the centre needs to make patients and visitors feel welcome and comfortable, rather than a typical hospital feeling. The natural tones of the Blackbutt timber also provide a striking effect for the central atrium staircase.”

Commenting on the flooring installation Paul Ceplitis, Director of Riga Flooring said, “The theme of integration is apparent in every element of the Centre’s design. To ensure seamlessness in the flooring, we were required to provide flush transitions between the timber and other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl and polished concrete.”

Construction of the centre began in late 2010 and it was commissioned in April 2012. The timber elements were installed by Riga Flooring, John Reuter Cabinet Makers and Interior Projects.

Boral Timber has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification (AS 4707-2006) for its timber products. This means that timber used to produce Boral Timber's hardwood flooring, decking and structural timber has been sourced from certified, legal and sustainably managed resources. The Australian Forestry Standard Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) - the world's largest forest management certifier.