Release date: 20/05/2015

Ballarat Community Health (BCH) celebrates its first anniversary at the new Lucas facility with the news that the building is a finalist in the 2015 Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) awards in the Regional Prize category.  Three shortlisted projects have been nominated for the award with the winners to be announced in Melbourne on 26 June 2015.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to reach the finals and great recognition of the organisation’s passion to build a healthy and sustainable building” said Robyn Reeves, BCH Chief Executive Officer.

The development, worth almost $14 million, was jointly funded by Ballarat Community Health and the Australian Government’s Health & Hospitals Infrastructure Fund. The fund was focussed on providing capital funding to projects in regional communities through the Program Regional Priority initiative.

The building includes GP, sexual health and podiatry clinics, multi-functional consultation rooms accommodating a full range of services, a gymnasium, conference and meeting rooms, consultation suites and office facilities for up to 100 staff.

“The building, designed by Melbourne based architects Design Inc, demonstrates that the built form can contribute towards the health and wellbeing of its users as well as functioning as a welcoming community hub. Since opening in July 2014, BCH Lucas has played host to a wide range of community groups, has drawn a large number of new clients to the gym classes and has seen increased staff involvement and uptake in physical activity,” BCH Project Manager for the building Jim Rodgers explained.

All entrants to this year’s awards will be exhibited at the Atrium in Federation Square from 27 May 2015.


For further information, photo opportunity or interview please contact


Robyn Reeves, Chief Executive Officer

T: 03 5338 4500