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Wellington Hospital Design Guide

Wellington Hospital Design Guide

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Wellington City District PlanPage 1
1.0IntroductionPage 2
The Place of Wellington Hospital2
The Future of the Hospital22.0The Intention of the Design Guide33.0Analysis4
Riddiford Street5
Mein Street, Hospital & Adelaide Road54.0Objectives6
Elevational Modelling75.0Guidelines8
Elevational Modelling11
Location and Height Control Plan12
Volume 2 contents page
Wellington City District PlanPage 2
The Place of Wellington Hospital
Wellington Hospital is the primary provider of public health carefacilities for the Wellington region and lower half of the NorthIsland, and operates one of New Zealand's three Clinical Schoolsof Medicine. Established on its current site over a century ago,the Hospital has continually changed and developed in responseto medical advances and changing user needs.In the current economic and political climate the Hospital facescompetitive pressure from other institutions. However it alone inthe Wellington region has the capacity to deal with the mostfundamental and complex medical situations, provide specialistmedical facilities on a national basis, and deal with the medicalcontingencies of large-scale civil disaster.The Hospital must be able to enhance and develop its facility in acost-effective manner if it is to be able to serve Wellingtonians inthe manner that is necessary and expected of it.
The Future of the Hospital
The facility and infrastructure of the Hospital must continue to beresponsive to change and it must be able to develop in a way that best supports the function of the Hospital and is cost effective.The form and extent of future Hospital facility development isdifficult to predict, as health care plans are constantly updated tocater for changes in demography, technology, funding levels,morbidity patterns and treatment of diseases. Any framework for,or controls on, development must be sufficiently flexible toaccommodate unforseen requirements. The main principles of theHospital development are orderly growth, the separation of conflicting uses and the flexibility to adapt to change. Followingthese principles, and recognising the importance of design for function and improvements in circulation, any future additions towards or clinical services will tend to be located with existingfacilities of the same type.Ward and clinical services buildings are used by both the public and hospital staff. These buildings will continue to be located in thecentral portion of the site with the main public front to Riddiford Street, and will be connected to the existing central circulationsystem. The Clinical School, teaching facilities, technical and industrial support functions will continue to be located on thesouthern portion of the site with direct access from Mein Street.Community-based services will continue to develop on the peripheral areas to the north towards Adelaide and Hospital Roads.Massive growth and development is not expected. The process of addition, improvement and occasional site redevelopment islikely to continue for the foreseeable future.
Wellington City District PlanPage 3
2.0The Intention othe Design Guide
As specified in the District Plan rules, all new buildingdevelopment within the precinct is a Controlled Activity in termsof its design and appearance, siting and height. This DesignGuide provides the standards or criteria against which controlled elements will be assessed.This Design Guide is intended to allow the essential developmentof Wellington Hospital to occur in a way that both meets itsimportant public health care objectives and maintains or enhancesthe valued qualities of the public environment. This will beachieved by improving the amenity of the public areas around theHospital buildings and respecting the desirable environmentalqualities that give this area its unique character.The Design Guide starts from the premise that both designguidelines and good design are site-specific: no single rule or ideal provides a solution for every situation. For this reason,suggestions and guidelines have been developed for specific partsof the site in order to respond to the unique conditions of eacharea and achieve site-specific development objectives.The guidelines establish a three-dimensional framework withinwhich development can take place, imposing the minimumamount of control necessary to achieve the set objectives and respond to the needs of the Hospital and the wider community.They are intended to give a degree of certainty as to the parameters of appropriate development in the publicly relevant parts of the Hospital and also to allow flexibility so that analternative design response can be pursued if it can be shown tomeet the Guide's objectives.Variations from certain guidelines will be considered if it can beshown that the variation would achieve the urban designobjectives stated in this Guide. Other factors which will beconsidered in assessing proposed variations include whether the proposal is cost-effective, and whether it promotes the efficientdelivery of medical services.The illustrations in the Guide are intended to support the text byexplaining principles. They are not intended to represent actualdesign solutions.It is not intended that Hospital buildings should necessarily look like the nearby houses, shops or commercial buildings. It may bemost appropriate for them to maintain the inherent character resulting from the design requirements of medical facilities. Thischaracter should be developed in new buildings in a way thatresponds to but does not replicate the appearance of their setting.

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