Bandon Primary Care Centre is a new town-centre health facility with ground-floor retail units and a new public library. Upper levels combine GP surgeries, public health nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, psychologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, and mental health specialists. Extra rooms in this 4,148sq.m building can be used for additional services.
The building has a figure-of-eight geometry, allowing two central courtyards to provide extra light and ventilation alongside therapeutic outside space—an essential component for a building of this typology. A circulation spine rises through the centre of the building with a staircase core, lifts, departmental receptions/information points and waiting areas.
Externally, vertical corduroy brickwork adds texture and shadow while drawing the gaze upwards and softening the building’s mass. Elevations are defined by gridded bays with ground floor bays left open to instinctively invite the public in. Bays are infilled as necessary on upper floors with windows, to match cellular accommodation behind.