Demonstrating the extreme flexibility of modern energy efficient methods of construction, this building was constructed to a striking design agreed upon by a panel of NHS experts.
The new 1600 sq m single storey building provides living quarters for 26 mental health patients with 24 single bedrooms and one twin bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet. Ancillary rooms provided within the new build include a treatment room, large dining room and day room which can be opened up onto a large external paved seating area.
Energy efficient lighting and heating systems has been utilised in the building.
The roof is constructed from aluminium standing seam composite insulated panels on a 15 degree pitch with north facing lights to the circulation routes, which provide sufficient daylight and reduce solar gain.
The internal circulation routes have double height ceilings revealing the enclosed framed structure lit with clerestory windows. These lead to the ends of the building which contain loggia areas enclosed with glazed energy efficient aluminium curtain walling. The corridors circulate from the main entrance which has a double height lobby with curtain walling to both external and internal walls.