Conservation Proposal for Historic Buildings
The building structure bears granite and red bricks as the primary components holding the well put two stories. Additionally, the building also bears a simply pithed roofing, an arcade on the first floor as well as a half basement. Not far from it exists another building which serves as quarter for the medical staff that as responsible for caring for the patients. Currently, the building is out of bounds to the public as there lacks a valid reason as to why anyone should be allowed to visit the premises (Pendlebury, 2018). Judging from the outside look as well as the materials used to set up the structure, t is obvious that the building was build based on ancient Chinese architecture making it essential for the local people to boast their local cultural history.
Last but no east, the new use of the business should be inclined towards ensuring there is financial viability in the long term as well as relevant technical feasibility. By understanding all these factors, the study will be able to clearly gain an opportunity to highlight on some potential qualified design elements. Site Information Site location Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block), Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Site area No measurements recorded Gross Floor Area No measurements recorded Year built 1891 Grading 2 Classification of site Based on the photograph presented, it is obvious that the building structure is located in the midst of a business district in Hong Kong. As such, based on the building regulations, the proposed site could be said to be Class A site.
Location As indicated in the map sketches presented, the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block) is located in the Easter street of Sai Ying Pun within the city of Hong Kong. Traditionally, the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block) was part of the former Victoria mental hospital complex and the Lunatic asylum European Block established in 1884 as well as the female ward established in 1941. By the year 1906, the two metal treatment facilities were interlinked in order to come up with a unified unit referred to as the Victoria Mental Hospital. In the latter years, the facility was then joined by a female establishment brought about in the year 1941. This became the case mostly owing to the fact that Japan had increased instances of mental illnesses in the various occupational fields.
Although the facility played an essential role in rehabilitating mental health patients, its operations seized by the year 1961 upon the completion of the Castle Peak Mental Hospital. Over time, the group of hospitals was able to add more units when the female hospital was introduced to be part of the system inclined at assisting the public. Although this was heavily helpful to patients while it lasted, the group of doctors was, however, unable to work as a joint which leads to their splitting. Currently, the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block) remains sitting on its initial point bearing a rich historical context. Historical Value As discussed earlier, the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block) was established in 1891 as a mental rehabilitation facility to help out in managing the increasing rates of mental health issues in Japan.
Although working as an individual entity, the asylum was a part of the Victorian mental hospital complex which was significantly involved in ensuring that the health of the public was adequately taken into consideration. By the year 2010, experts were able to review the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block). The team of experts rated the site as grade 2 which is somewhat fair considering its ancient nature. Although it was not ranked as grade one as most sites in the country were, it is obvious that the site bears great historical significance, not the country and Amy, therefore, prove to be of significance to it in the near future. This, therefore, calls for the need of coming up with relevant measures inclined to set up relevant tools that are aimed at upgrading the use of the site.
When this becomes the case, the local people are likely to benefit from the resultant activity through the services issued as well as through the payment of potential labor they are likely to offer. The building also bears an adequate drainage system starting from well-laid rain gutter to avoid potential overflow of rainwater. Proposed New Use Of Old Lunatic Asylum Chinese Block Since its closure, the Old Lunatic Asylum (Chinese block) facility has been under the care of the government making it a government property. As such, in order to obtain the relevant authority of changing the use of the site, the government would be responsible in issuing the authority to continue with such work. Being a government property and a previous public saving amenity,.
it is only fair to come up with a project that would be, most suiting towards meeting the needs of the public. Some of the key elements that will be, incorporated into the building will be, fire safety requirements, natural lighting in order to save on electricity, as well as the availability of adequate exit points. Long-Term Financial Viability In order to meet the financial demand brought about by the use of various amenities such as water and electricity bills, the government should ensure that it comes up with an adequate budget to cater for them each year. This will allow for the continuity of such resources. Since the government will be responsible for managing and using the facility, there will be no cases of imposed rates and rents.
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