The North Shore Hospital Renal Facility is part of a facilities masterplan, developed by the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB), aimed at ensuring the viability of the site with the inevitable evolving needs of health services.
With the masterplan identifying four main quadrants of mental health, specialist services for older adults, acute services and outpatients; various additional sites were identified for community health services, and this included the Renal Dialysis Clinic.
The Renal Facility is co-located with similar community based health services within a new building; its perimeters distinguished using contrasting design elements.
The upper floor plane, wrapped in folded metal, extends over a central staff station allowing natural light penetration to the depths of the lower floor, along with vertical windows that provide views across the length of the façade on the southern side of the building. The lower floor is characterised by a pre-cast concrete block, tucked beneath the metal folds, it houses the service and storage zones of the facility. The concrete block is intermittently interrupted by window penetrations, canopies, shading devices and a lift tower.
The building is predominantly single story, with an under-croft volume at the rear housing mechanical plant, and a lift connecting the building to the main hospital via a temporary link. In the long term this link will go and the building will ‘stand alone’.
Materials were chosen to increase the longevity of the building; light coloured folded roof plains and the façade system are designed to appear contemporary whilst working to increase the building’s energy efficiency.