The 210-bed Taranaki Base Hospital is the main regional hospital for the New Plymouth district. An extensive upgrade programme has meant that some specialist medical and surgical services are now provided from some of the most modern facilities in the country. Part of the redevelopment includes a new building to replace an aged ward block.
Warren and Mahoney, in association with Silver Thomas Hanley Architects, was commissioned to design the new ‘west wing’ building with the overall brief being a substantial ward bedrooms upgrade and the provision for an operating theatre floor.
The objective for TDHB was for: accessibility for patients, staff and visitors; located adjacent to key services such as emergency and critical care services; provide a compact and efficient facility limiting travel and achieving functional relationships between departments; allows a framework that supports an urban design outcome that is responsive to the existing hospital context.
The outcome is a six storey, 16000m² building containing 150 beds with an operating theatre floor and associated SSD, theatres, recovery and day surgery facilities. The internal planning contains floor definitions through the use of colour and materiality. This is based on ‘nature as metaphor’ principle reflecting healing, calming, assurance, restful and therapeutic analogies.
This materiality is further reinforced at the exterior of the building where a Terracotta façade system is employed as the primary cladding. This, alongside the exposed precast base of the building, means that a bold and prominent landmark now features in the Taranaki district that is ‘of its time’.
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