Martindales were appointed after a feasibility layout had been developed by the Hospital's Estates Management team proposing a new treatment facility constructed as an extension to the existing care centre which was to be retained and reconfigured as the clinic. We felt that the character of the site would suit a different built form and that the current design did not provide a sufficiently high quality environment.
Our proposal was to develop a plan based around a semi-circular form which provided a natural progression between waiting areas and treatment spaces. The main treatment lounge occupies half of the plan area and allows views out, at the same time providing privacy by virtue of the space being elevated in relation to the surrounding ground level.
The conical roof provides an internal space that is well lit and spacious and benefits from a mixed-mode ventilation strategy which includes tempered air and temperature/ humidity sensors linked to both low level and high level windows.