St Stephen's Hospital in Urraween.
St Stephen's Hospital in Urraween. Robyne Cuerel

St Stephen’s building misses out on architecture award

ST STEPHEN'S Hospital in Hervey Bay has missed out on a prominent accolade after the Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards were held on Friday night.

But the innovative digital hospital remains in the running for a prestigious Australian Interior Design Award after it was short-listed under the category of Public Design.

The hospital, which was designed by architectural firm Conrad Gargett, was one of 15 projects in the running for a Regional Commendation at the Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards, but missed out on selection.

The seven Sunshine Coast firms selected for commendation will now progress to the Queensland State Architecture Awards.

A statement from Conrad Gargett said the Australian Interior Design Awards would be held on May 15.

"The St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay is Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital.

"It's soothing and sophisticated palette incorporates state of the art technologies.

"Double height spaces, natural daylight and connection to the outside, contrasted with intimate spaces make the hospital feel welcoming and secure.

"The use of low elements in the larger void areas and the use of texture and pattern reinforce the domesticity of space and scale.

"The interior design lends itself to reducing stress and providing a more relaxing, healing environment for patients, staff and the greater community."