Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Building 4
Warren and Mahoney was commissioned to complete an overall site masterplan for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare (FPH), as well as a new workplace concept and the design of their new Building 4.
Designed to represent an evolution of the ‘shared DNA’ of three other major projects - the O’Hare Building, the Stewart Building and the Paykel Building – Building 4 shares a common design philosophy featuring a strong linear arrangement of the functional areas across a large single story footprint with characteristic pitched roof forms.
During the concept design phase, a series of guiding principles were developed to underpin the critical decision making for the project. These included: “Evolution not Revolution” – working to make the very good, excellent; “interconnected workspace” – connecting research and manufacturing to office; “designing from the inside out” – engineering optimised spaces for success; and “planning for alternative futures” – creating a flexible and adaptable masterplan and buildings.
In essence, it is these guiding principles that have informed a large footprint single-storey building with an undercroft carpark. The design features a workspace that wraps the manufacturing area, providing a strong visual connection between the office and development area and the manufacturing floor. The office areas have been proportioned and laid out to align with the existing buildings, ensuring an environment that is consistent with the rest of the campus and adaptable for future change.
Stakeholder engagement was key in this project and representatives from all sectors of FPH were involved in workshops right through concept design. With the intention of designing optimum future-proofed spaces for the end-user, a full workplace observational survey was undertaken across the existing campus buildings during the concept phase and an anonymous online survey completed.
Building 4 will accommodate 700 people within an open-plan environment. The building will comprise laboratory and model shop space, manufacturing space, materials warehouse, distribution centre, and carpark. Advanced BIM has been a feature of this project with the client requiring the delivery of a 3D model for FM (Facilities Management) use, following the completion of construction. Sustainability has also been a core focus; the project is targeting a 5 Star Green Star built rating.