ahl special purpose hostel
The AHL Special Purpose Hostel in South Hedland provides medium to long term accommodation for indigenous people from communities in the Pilbara Region allowing them to receive renal dialysis treatment at the Port Hedland Regional Hospital.
The hostel provides supported accommodation for up to 40 residents, as well as accommodation for their families, visitors and staff. Associated service facilities for assisted living support are also provided including a staffed kitchen, laundry and administration spaces.
The development is arranged around a secure central landscaped courtyard dedicated for the use and amenity of the residents. The accommodation units are accessed from the courtyard and combine large openable windows and projected seating areas reinforcing the cultural connection with the external environment. Specific design objectives were to provide discrete external gathering areas throughout the site. These informal areas accommodate both individuals and smaller groups and enable a degree of privacy and seclusion without compromising overall surveillance. The inclusion of painting pavilions and a fire pit as part of the landscape design encourage residents to engage in traditional cultural activities.
Each 2 bed unit is designed complying with the provisions for disability access including the considerations for circulation clearances around furniture and reach ranges for wheelchair users. Each unit is also provided with accessible ensuite sanitary facilities ensuring that equitable accommodation is provided to all residents.