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|Initiative Title:||Building Re-Use & Strategy|
This Building Re-Use initiative is being managed by a local resident Lubo Kulisev; a specialist in heritage architecture and administration of health care complexes. This initiative is in the earliest of stages in evolution, so the content expressed here remains Work-in-Progress. The initial objective of this initiative is to consider the potential re-use of certain existing buildings on the Manly Hospital site. The determination of this re-use potential is driven by community preferences and shaped by the “envelope” available for building, as it relates to construction possible after the closure of Manly Hospital in November 2017:-
Initial internal and external assessments of all the on-site buildings suggest that 12 of the 36 existing Manly Hospital Buildings (shown in the diagram above) are potential candidates for their re-use as part of an overall building architecture master plan (Structure Plan). The external and internal site assessments were undertaken under the auspice of NSW Health. These assessments lead to the conclusion that there are several existing buildings (12 in total) that could potentially be re-use, hollowed-out and refurbished to delivering some of the style of health care facilities the broader Manly community would prefer for the Future of the Manly Hospital site.
The Minster for Health (Brad Hazzard) has authorised us to use the displayed Manly Hospital Evacuation Plans on each floor of the 12 buildings’ floor plan as a mechanism for assessing how an arrange of futuristic generic self-contained unit floor plan might align. The purpose of this exercise was to determine how the existing building floor plans might support the layout typically required for some of the proposed Health Care resident uses (like Aged Care). These generic designs were retro-fitted within the context of the main structural walls on each floor of these building – designs influenced and shaped by the community preferences for particular resident types and their commonalities and uniqueness.
The objective here is to engage and consult with with the broader Manly (NB) Community on further shaping of these retro designs. The initial trial was directed at the potential use of:-
Development Project Managers, Heritage Architects and PR Social Networking specialists are sought as volunteers to provide additional input to this process. While several have already expressed interest, more are sought, together with more extensive general feedback from the broader (NB) Manly Community.
Intent in considering the Re-Use of some existing buildings
There are some 35 separate buildings on the 6.2 hectare Manly Hospital site. These buildings were not developed as part of some master plan, but added to over time by a process of osmosis. Building extensions and new standalone buildings were driven by broadening patient needs, population growth and hospital administration. Recent examinations, of the external and internal condition of all the buildings, reflected a committed to a “run-down” strategy, contained to essential maintenance only. This has been especially evident since the decision 10 years ago to close Manly Hospital and the advent of the new level 5 Hospital being built at Frenches Forest. The buildings are known to be contaminated by the likes of asbestos and stricken by other concerns (like lead), contaminants (like diesel) often associated with a hospital that has been in full operation for over 100 years.
Most pundits agree that the simplest and most cost effective strategy is to simply demolish all existing buildings and build an entirely new fit-for-purpose Health Care complex. However, there are several community-driven justifications that warrant consideration be given to the possibility of re-using some existing buildings:-
There is a broad spectrum of re-use approaches possible:-
Before defaulting to a “scorched-earth” strategy (demolish and fully re-develop), the Manly Community requires some explanation for why there was insufficient merit in the above justifications of re-using some existing buildings.
Details of the existing Manly Hospital Site (structure):-
How the above justifications, supporting re-use consideration, may or may not be viable
Informed Decision Making
In order to make well informed decisions regarding the future use of the Manly Hospital site, access is needed to much information seen to be highly pertinent to the decision making process. Information such as:-
Such information is required to identify the “envelop of space” available for building construction. Some of this information is known to be currently available on site. However, owing to the need to maintain a fully operational hospital up until its closure (in Nov’18), provision of such information would require prior approval from NSW Health and Manly Hospital officials together with any onsite access to obtain additional site information.
A wide range of hybrid solutions, in-line with the community expectations, are possible – from some building re-use to the complete demolition of all building and new building constructions. Each involves differing costs, revenue flow opportunities and innovative funding models. One popular total redevelopment strategy involves exploiting Manly Hospital site’s high-worth opportunities to fund a separate community Health Care Facility elsewhere? All it would take would be one “show-stopping” discovery (like serious and costly contamination removal) to render the reuse strategy to be non-viable and the only viable option being the complete demolition of all site buildings and their replacement with new buildings.
Architecture Principles to a sustainable, affordable holistic Health Care Site Plan
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