Space standardisation and flexibility on healthcare refurbishment

One of the most common features and aims of a flexible solution is to help all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of a healthcare facility, own or take (full or part) responsibility of reducing, mitigating or abating the redundancy impacts throughout a building’s lifecycle with the integration of flexibility and standardisation into healthcare refurbishment, this can be achieved effectively with task partitioning. This paper has acknowledged that there are barriers to task partitioning. Flexibility and standardisation strategies have been implemented globally across different sectors and industries. Refurbishment is usually undertaken to improve the current state or functionality of a building in order to extend its valuable life span. Flexible designs are intended to provide future proof solutions. This requires providing the ability to adapt to unforeseen future changes at a specific place and time. Standardisation can and should be used to improve efficiency and reduce errors, it has been implemented in many manufacturing processes such as the automobile industry, but the question is how will it impact buildings especially existing healthcare spaces? This paper is aimed at identifying the impact of space standardisation and flexibility on healthcare refurbishment, with the view to identifying best practice and prescribing possible processes for integrating and optimising space standardisation and flexibility during the refurbishment of healthcare facilities.