Corridor Plan Institutions

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The model for the linear or corridor form may have been the 1815 Bethlem (See Jacobi). It is the form favored by John Conolly in The Construction and Government of Lunatic Asylums (1847). One of his reasons is that it allows the all-seeing eye of the superintendent from the center, without the inconvenience of the radial form

Originally Corridor - A long running and variable group 1830-1890. They are typified by a (often projecting or recessed) central block including admin and former officers quarters, flanked by long wings either side, each with appropriate working areas and segregated by sex. Built to two or three stories in height. Typically (as the name suggests) a corridor or passage of communication would run the length of the building to ease access. Widespread across England and Wales. (Andrew Roberts)

This plan advocated the use of corridors connecting the hospital ward buildings. Some of the older corridor planned hospitals actually incorporated the corridors into the wards themselves. Thus, to move from one place to another within the older hospitals a person would actually have to go through the wards themselves.

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