In loving memory of - : The repurposing of former Carrington Hospital as a community hub
Don, Lorraine Kapurubandarage
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Citation:Don, L. K. (2021). In loving memory of - : The repurposing of former Carrington Hospital as a community hub. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5521
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RESEARCH QUESTION: How can Building One be adaptively reused to regenerate the community of Point Chevalier? ABSTRACT: Once the function of a building becomes redundant, it is demolished without hesitation, or it is abandoned, resulting in the building falling into a derelict condition and eventually being demolished. Existing buildings have a vast amount of creative potential that can be explored. Adaptive reuse is a form of conservation applied to establish a new use for an existing building. Through adaptive reuse, communities can experience a stronger connection to their built environment and culture. The original section of the former Carrington Hospital has Category 1 heritage status and the building has substantial cultural significance. The building was recently vacated as it was sold to the Crown, along with a section of Unitec campus land. The land is expected to be developed into 2500 to 4000 housing units. The heritage building might be subjected to reuse, but no definite plans are available as of now. Being on the national register offers heritage buildings recognition, not protection, and since the building is currently unoccupied without any concrete plans, its future is unknown. The project deals with the conservation of the former Carrington Hospital building through adaptation to reincorporate the building into the future of Point Chevalier to provide for the community. The ICOMOS New Zealand Charter (revised 2010) is a primary source for the project, providing insight into various conservation principles. The project investigates several works of literature to recognise response strategies for adaptation. It also discovers how the memory of the building’s past use as a psychiatric hospital can be utilised and honoured. Methods of community regeneration are also studied. The precedent review consists of overarching precedents and programmatic precedents. The first explores ways in which conservation interventions are carried out in heritage buildings. The latter explores how heritage buildings have been reused as arts and community facilities while respecting their historical layers. The result will establish a building dedicated to its community. By catering for community needs and establishing several necessary strategies, the building can regenerate its community. The new use will also incorporate the memory of the original use as a psychiatric hospital, without erasing its stigmatised past. The building’s proposed new usage will maintain a sense of continuity with the past while developing its future.