Melbourne’s new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), the largest hospital redevelopment in Victoria, is a purpose built hospital for children, designed to be more comfortable for them, their families, carers and staff. The new RCH delivers a patient and family-focused healing environment based on the latest evidence and research-based design principles.

Schiavello was engaged at various stages of the project to provide a wayfinding system as well as custom furniture solutions throughout the hospital.

One of the primary focuses of the redevelopment was to help families and visitors easily navigate the 165,000 square metre site. The brief for the wayfinding solution required a modular signage system that was easily updatable to allow for future changes and was extremely durable to withstand the hospital’s cleaning program.

Schiavello Signage developed the Blade system specifically to meet the requirements of this project after working closely with signage design firm Buro North and the RCH to understand the signage needs. Buro North produced a comparison matrix to assess a range of wayfinding solutions based on the functional and technical requirements of the RCH project. The matrix showed that Schiavello’s Blade system met all criteria including cost effectiveness, ability to withstand vandalism and capacity to adapt to future changes. This saw the Blade wayfinding solution selected to provide a total of 3171 signs.

Offering an integrated approach to RCH’s project needs, Schiavello subsidiary Mobi Contract, a design-focused FF&E supplier, provided custom seating for patient rooms and visitor areas including occasional chairs, stools, sofas, recliners, sleepers and bespoke seating designed for project architects Bates Smart, and contracted by Lend Lease.

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