Building Wollemia

Wollemia waiting area

Patient waiting area

In 2013 Dr Rupert Ouyang relocated his Watt Street practice to a new modern medical facility on the corner of Range Road and Henry Parry Drive in North Gosford. The new buidling was built by Dr Ouyang to fullfill his dream of having a practice where high quality health care could be provided for patients.

Wollemia treatment room

Treatment room

A great deal of care went into selecting stylish modern fittings throughout the building and extensive use was made of low maintennance finishes for the building's exterior. Dr Ouyang wanted the design of the building to create an open and relaxing environment that was geared towards patient comfort which would help make their visit as pleasant an experience as possible. The final design also offered patients ample off street parking and wheelchair access from street level.

The building won its designer, Louise Williams, the 2014 Building Designer's Australia design award for best new commercial building under $2m. It also won Coastal Construction and Building Pty Ltd of Gosford the 2014 Master Builders Association award for best commercial project under $2m.

Wollemia consulting room

Consulting room

Naming the building

It became apparent that the Centre would need an appropriate name that would give it an individual identity for its intended use. After much discussion it was decided to name the Centre "Wollemia" after the genus of the Wollemi Pine. The reasons were threefold and resonate with the ideals of the practice;

  • - The name is uniquely Australian
  • - It is a green plant and green is the colour of life and healing
  • - It is a long term survivor

To add a bit more to the overall character of the building it was also decided to buy two Wollemi pines and have them growing in the front and rear gardens of the Centre which would help reflect the name of the building.