JOURNAL/ Dec/Jan/2013


New Bendigo Hospital, Victoria
Where Building and Landscape are One

 “Our goal is a significant civic building with Bendigo's social & cultural wellbeing in mind”

Tim Leslie

Studio Director, Bates Smart

The $630 million Bendigo Hospital project will be the largest regional hospital development in Victoria, incorporating the latest design and technology solutions.

Bates Smart Studio Director, Tim Leslie, talks about the project:

'The project has given us an exciting opportunity to design a world-class regional hospital in one of the State’s most environmentally sustainable settings.

'The design will provide a clearly definable hospital precinct which celebrates its history and consolidates existing programmes to allow future expansion. The project takes its cues from Bendigo’s architectural vernacular and natural context and unites them with a holistic approach to health care.

'We have approached the design of the new hospital building and the landscape as an integrated whole. The built form reaches out and frames its garden setting, while the landscape is drawn in to create sanctuaries of tranquillity.

'Our goal has been the creation of a significant civic building which promotes health not only on a physical level but with Bendigo’s social and cultural wellbeing in mind.'

The new hospital is due for completion at the end of 2016 and is a public private partnership between the Exemplar consortium with Department of Health Victoria.

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Visit Bendigo Hospital project site.

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
Showcasing the Legal Workplace of the Future

 “The organisation has been energised by the whole move, by the connection, by the light, it has been a wonderful experience.”

Robert Regan, Partner

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Lawyers Weekly

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s progressive new Sydney office at 8 Chifley is complete. The innovative design is the first fully open and flexible office environment designed for a major law firm in Australia.

Won by design competition, the project provided Bates Smart's specialised workplace team with the opportunity to develop a future workplace concept aligned with Corrs strategic vision.  

Bates Smart Studio Director, Brenton Smith, commented: 'Bates Smart assisted Corrs through a change process to support a more flexible and mobile environment. A series of workshops was run with partners and teams within Corrs to gain a full understanding of their work practices and to investigate how the workplace could assist them in reaching their vision.' 

The result sees Corrs lawyers, including partners, forgo their traditional offices in favour of an open layout shared with executive assistants and junior lawyers in a series of dynamic 'vertical villages'.

Work stations are uniform throughout, enabling full flexibility in terms of staff and partner locations. Storage is established in hierarchies to ensure ready access to those who need it. Hospitality spaces are second to none and the breakouts on each village floor become the centre for team activities.

Director Simon Swaney commented: 'A new standard in legal workplaces has been set with the fitout at 8 Chifley. The design and fitout offers Corrs incredible flexibility and will change the way they align themselves with their clients and other service professionals.'

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Bates Smart Expanding Leadership
Expanding Leadership in Response to Growth and Emerging Opportunities in Key Markets

Meet our new Studio Directors

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three staff to the position of Studio Director. This new position has been created to strengthen Bates Smart's capacity for premium client service and for targeting new market opportunities.

The appointments also recognise the exceptional capabilities of the three who will lead innovation in specific areas, helping to build strong foundations for the future, all three are current senior practitioners. 

Newly appointed Studio Directors are Tim Leslie (Melbourne), Brenton Smith (Sydney) and Natalie Lane-Rose (Sydney). 

Learn more about our new Directors:

Tim Leslie Tim has made a tremendous contribution to the Melbourne studio's projects: 171 Collins Street, 685 LaTrobe Street, 35 Spring Street and the new Royal Children's Hospital to name a few. In his spare time Tim is President of the perennially successful Open House Melbourne. 

Natalie Lane-Rose Prior to becoming a Practice Manager, Natalie was an outstanding architect and project leader. She leads the development of our systems to drive efficiency and client service.  

Brenton Smith After a distinguished overseas design career, Brenton is now growing our dynamic workplace and hospitality practice in Sydney. His classic modern designs deliver enduring efficiency and value.  

Image L-R: Brenton Smith, Natalie Lane-Rose, Tim Leslie

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Parramatta Square Design Competition Stages 5 & 6

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

The Parramatta Square Development Stages 5 and 6 will encompass two new commercial office towers.

A recent international design competition saw the Bates Smart team shortlisted to the final 4 from 77 entries for this development stage. Philip Vivian comments on the team's approach:

'Parramatta Square is the city’s greatest urban redevelopment opportunity. We are interested in the potential for these buildings to contribute to the public life of Parramatta Square, with a fine grain of laneways and public spaces.

A collection of iconic buildings will not make Parramatta Square a vibrant place. We are interested in the spaces between buildings - the spaces people inhabit.'

The design competition continues with the final four submitting a second stage entry in mid December.


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Competition Success
Bates Smart Trio

A minimalist Lighthouse for the Modern Age

'Through open voids in the structure the topography of the site spills through the house and falls away towards the ocean.' This is the Container House - an elegant proposal by a trio of talented Bates Smart graduates.

The scheme won an Honorable Mention in the international Architectural Competition Concours d'Architecture [AC-CA]Container Vacation House competition. 

Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian commented: 'This is an an outstanding result from a young team in their first international open competition.'

Congratulations to the Sydney studio's Dan Layden, Sally Westren and Jung Soo Kim.

View the beautiful renders in the Gallery below.

More results can be found here - [AC-CA] Architectural Competition Concours d'Architecture.

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Celebration of Steel

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“When are you going to paint it?”

The rugged steel of the NSW Government Service Centre captures the quality of the surrounding Monaro plains but during construction many people wanted to know 'when are you going to paint it?'

Watch Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian talk about this AIA award-winning building that gets better with age.

Read more about the NSW Government Service Centre.

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State Library of Victoria
New E Book

A free e-book published by the State Library of Victoria.

Building A New World: A History of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913, by Harriet Edquist, traces the story of the Library, the National Gallery of Victoria, the art and design schools and the Museum.

This colourful tale of a century of institutional and architectural reform provides a fascinating insight into the development of Melbourne as Australia’s cultural capital.

Buidling A New World can be accessed free of charge here.

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171 Collins Street Wins
National Lighting Award

Illuminating Excellence

The stunning lighting in the atrium of 171 Collins Street, Melbourne has been recognised with an Excellence Award by the Victorian Illuminating Engineers Society (IES).

Judged by a panel that includes lighting designers, architects, interior designers and industry lighting experts, the IESANZ lighting awards set the benchmark for Australasian lighting design

Lighting consultants Electrolight were awarded the accolade. Electrolight Director Paul Beale comments:

'Each project is judged "in the flesh" rather than from photos alone and it is this aspect–the peer recognition of our work–that is the most satisfying.'

Congratulations to our colleagues at Electrolight.

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Kristen Whittle
On Harnessing Natural Light

'Light is pushed down into a cavity wall via a reflective film applied to the inner wall.' Kristen Whittle talks to Smart Planet about the innovative light wall in the National Centre for Synchrotron Science.

Visit SmartPlanet to read the article

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Director Jeff Copolov
Idea Gold Medal Winner

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Gold Medal Winner

Bates Smart congratulates Director Jeffery Copolov on winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 Interior Design Excellence Awards.


The Gold Medal is the most prestigious honour presented at the awards and is given in recognition of a significant contribution to the design industry.

In this insightful video, Jeff talks about his approach to design and the industry changes he has seen. He explains how craft and 'design of excellence' are the key drivers in his work.

Beautifully shot by Futureinform, this video is a must for anyone interested in the business of design.

Read about Jeff Copolov's award in Inside Magazine.

Watch Jeff Copolov talking about his design approach here.

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Our Sydney Studio is Moving
To Surry Hills

Smart New Home

Our Sydney studio is moving over the new year to:

43 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

All contact numbers remain the same.

Both studios will reopen on 13 January 2014.

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