THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: Bangor hospital committee agree to appoint architects for new hospital
From the News Letter, April 3, 1909
A meeting of the Bangor Cottage Hospital Committee had been held this week a century ago reported the News Letter.
The chairman, Mr John McMeekan, JP, stated that in accordance with the committee’s request Miss Connor, Mr McMillan and the chairman himself had “waited” upon several Belfast architects and placed before them the recommendations of the local medical practitioners for the construction and fitting out with equipment of a new hospital.
The chairman told how the architects had been told that the funds available for the project were not to exceed £2,500.
Neither Messrs Young and Mackenzie nor Mr Fennell “would entertain” putting together plans on the budget set.
Indeed, Mr Fennell went so far to suggest to the committee members that £5,000 would be needed to bring the doctor’s recommendation “into effect”.
Mr Mackenzie admitted that it might be possible to complete the project for £2,500, but he added that for £3,000 the hospital would only be limited to 16 beds and two private wards.
This fell well short of the committee’s request for a hospital of at least 20 beds and four private wards.
Addressing the issue of funds raised by the committee for the new hospital Mr McMeekan said that there had been several subscriptions of £50 and £100 recently, this brought the funds raised to just £1,500.
Mr McMeekan said that before they could realistically move forward with the hospital they would require at least another £1,500.
On the motion of Mr Thomas Wilson and seconded by Mr Michael Shiels it was agreed that the committee appoint Messrs Young and Mackenzie as the scheme’s architects.