The Waikato Hospital Concept Plan identified the need for further expansion of the existing AT&R (Assessment, Treatment and Rehab) department. The new Rehab Hub building area is 6773m² over three levels including a 15-bed MHSOP (Mental Health Services for Older People) ward, 98 inpatient beds and an Outpatients and Allied Health Department.
The design is based around four design concepts: to preserve the existing character of the site, maximise views to and from the site, create sunny sheltered outdoor spaces, and provide patient and staff connection to the main hospital campus.
The building massing responds to the natural forms of the site. The new building is broken down into smaller elements, reflecting the views and contour and is characterised by a series of ‘garden walls’. These walls define the elevation along Pembroke Street and wrap around the building creating a podium to the building above. Above the walls sits the main building. Its façade is made up of modules based on the in-patient room sizes. Natural materials are used for each façade to reinforce the connection to the landscape.
The entry to the Rehab Hub has been designed to give the hospital building and site its own identity. It introduces a strong horizontal pedestrian bridge that links the Rehab Hub back to the main hospital.
Along with providing valuable facilities, this new Rehab Hub redevelopment has also offered the chance to redefine Waikato Hospital’s identity.
This project was completed as a joint venture with and in conjunction with Chow Hill and MSJ (McConnell Smith & Johnson).
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