The new public face of mental healthcare
Stride Treglown was commissioned to provide architectural input into an outline business case for a scheme for rehabilitation and continuing care. The site was unlocked through consultation with the Health Board as to how development could best be phased to enable refurbishment of the existing building and constructing new buildings and site infrastructure.
With a gross floor area of approximately 4,250sqm the scheme provides 42 beds in 5 wards including continuing care, rehabilitation and challenging behaviour. We retained the Victorian water tower and incorporated it into the new development, as this is regarded as a focal point within the hospital site layout. The existing car park has been enlarged and the vehicle circulation strategy for the site rationalized.
We evolved a compartmentation strategy involving the construction of a separate fire ceiling above the main one. This avoided fire-protecting the majority of service penetrations and reduced the number of maintained fire dampers resulting in a large cost saving. It also helped future-proof the maintenance of services and had significant acoustic benefits.