Middlemore Hospital, Auckland

Middlemore Hospital MHU

Community and Comfort Away from Home

Client

Counties Manukau District Health Board

Location

Auckland, New Zealand

Sector

Health

Year Completed

Current

Project Value

NZ $50M

Builder

Ebert Construction Ltd (Stage 1)
Hawkins (Stage 2)

Project Manager

Precon

Holmes Team

Kathryn Devine

Holmes Fire is providing fire engineering services for a new mental health facility at Middlemore Hospital. The building is comprised of sleeping wards as well as activity spaces, office and administration areas. As part of the design process, extensive communication was undertaken with the hospital to meet its needs, including accommodating for phased construction that allows for the facility’s continued operational use. Our design achieves the desired open architectural layout, deviating from more restrained institutional aesthetics.

Discrete exit signage has been incorporated to reduce stimulation to the residents in the building on a day-to-day basis, while functioning effectively in the event of a fire. Additionally, reduced fire resistance ratings to sleeping rooms have been incorporated; this assisted other aspects of the building design, including security and anti-ligature requirements while limiting the number of occupants exposed to a potential fire and meeting the requirements of the NZ Building Code.

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