This extension to Howick Baptist Healthcare Hospital was undertaken as part of a three phase development being preceded by a new build 50 bed hospital and the refurbishment of the existing 45 bed hospital. The refurbishment of the aged-care facility provides 18 rooms with inboard ensuites, patient and staff support areas and medical consult suites.
Howick Baptist Healthcare sought to achieve an environment for aged care that offers choice and compensates for resident disabilities, whilst respecting the constraints and opportunities of the proposed site.
With accommodation arranged around a central courtyard, the complex’s design integrates with the site’s existing developments, whilst working to concentrate communal spaces for resident interaction. In encouraging this participation across the complex, the courtyard structure also works to protect the amenity of adjoining properties by securing privacy.
The development is integrated with a series of environmentally sustainable design elements, including rainwater harvesting systems, solar thermal hot water systems and advanced glazing options. All of which are deemed to offer benefits not only to the global condition but to the residents also.
The design is complimented by two other design features, an extensive landscape and planting scheme which, through the relocation of the existing car park, is able to offer a substantial planted marking to the boundary shared with properties along the adjoining Sherie Place.