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Title: Flexible and adaptable hospitals – Australian case studies
Authors: Carthey, J.
Chow, Vivien W.
Keywords: Adaptability
Case study
Flexibility
Healthcare facilities
Hospitals
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © the Authors
Citation: CARTHEY, J. and CHOW, V.W., 2011. Flexible and adaptable hospitals – Australian case studies. IN: Global health infrastructure – challenges for the next decade. Delivering innovation, demonstrating the benefits. Conference Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC 11) Manchester, UK, 26-28th Sept., pp. 160-175.
Abstract: In 2009, a literature review uncovered different international approaches to achieving flexible and adaptable health facilities and concluded by recommending further research focussing on Australian hospitals to identify key site issues, design features, and major upgrades that have influenced longer term responses to changing modes of service delivery and other demands in local settings. Responding to these recommendations, this second stage research was conducted by reviewing further relevant literature and project documentation for five case studies, visiting and documenting key adaptability features of each case study facility and consulting with health facility personnel where available. Findings include that longer-term flexibility is assisted by: generous site area, lower rise hospital buildings along a horizontal circulation spine (‗hospital street‘), surplus building services capacity facilitating easy expansion/alteration, and a consistent workable planning grid supporting a range of standardised room sizes. Future investigation should consider the impact of high land values on site utilisation especially in terms of future proofing multi-storey buildings, and how to assist health clients decide when ‗enough‘ flexibility has been provided.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Sponsor: This work was supported by Health Infrastructure NSW.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25875
Publisher Link: http://www.haciric.org/static/doc/events/HaCIRIC_11_conference_proceedings.pdf
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