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Glenside Health Campus

An innovative first for the integration of mental health and substance abuse services.

Glenside Health Campus


Adelaide, Australia


South Australia Health


Mental Health


Architectural Services


Swanbury Penglase Architects


AUD $130,000,000




14,850 m²

Glenside Health Campus is a 130-bed integrated mental health and substance abuse facility, which forms a strong connection to its local community. Jointly designed with Adelaide-based, Swanbury Penglase Architects, the facility is a place of refuge and healing that fosters patient autonomy.

Part of a major strategic investment, the scheme was the first in South Australia to combine mental health and substance abuse services, leading to international recognition.

Glenside Health Campus

Accommodation is arranged around a village green providing space for community events and activities.


Demystifying a previously stigmatised service

A major aim of the brief was to destigmatize the existing psychiatric hospital site by creating a facility that would integrate with the wider community. Our site masterplan achieves this by locating the mental health services amongst retail, commercial, housing, and public precincts within a permeable new community.

Informed by extensive consultation and interactive workshops with user groups, stakeholders and the general public, the health facility is designed to resemble a small village set within a park landscape. Each ward is designed around a courtyard to provide readily accessible and safe outdoor space. This negates the need for secure fences, creating a positive identity.

The most significant mental health and substance abuse project in South Australia in decades.

Dr Lomax-Smith

South Australia Health Minister

Glenside Health Campus

The campus has been arranged to protect the mature trees that populate the park landscape.

Glenside Health Campus

Canopies provide shade to the private internal gardens.


Therapeutic environments inside and out

In forming the arrangement of spaces, we facilitated a rethink in operational policy by inverting the assumed model of a single building with a central hospital street. Instead, we organized the accommodation around a “village green” to create a positive focal point for patients. This provides a space for a variety of wellness activities and helped to reduce the perceived size of the facility.

The intimate scale of the building, the quality of the interior environments, and the close connection to the retained mature landscape, create a welcoming sequence of healing spaces.

More than 20 stakeholder groups were involved in the design process, with approximately 200 meetings with staff, consumers, carers and the local community.

Minister John Hill

Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Glenside Health Campus
Glenside Health Campus
Glenside Health Campus

The transition from an outdated asylum style of care, to a modern, flexible environment which provides mental health consumers and staff with a space to promote healing and recovery, is transforming how we provide mental health care.

Jay Weatherill Premier of South Australia
Glenside Health Campus

The masterplan vision.


Diversity of accommodation to build confidence

Developed with clear zoning, accommodation was carefully organized to provide graded privacy and security to support a sequential, recovery-based model of care.

Inpatient units are designed with ‘private’ on-ward activities and secure gardens for safe refuge, with the opportunity for patients to access more open and public spaces as they recover.

Glenside Health Campus
Glenside Health Campus

A mixture of public and private spaces provide choice, with a high quality of interior finish throughout.

Project Team