This state of the art community hospital offers modern replacement healthcare facilities to Newton Abbot and surrounding districts.
The 7,500m² building provides 60 stroke and primary care beds, a rehabilitation suite, and outpatients departments including audiology, physiotherapy, podiatry, a minor injuries unit, a maternity unit and an imaging suite.
Built on a new site, the community hospital replaces an old facility, which consisted of a mix of Edwardian and Victorian structures no longer suitable to meet modern healthcare standards.
The new site used to be a working clay mine and is located close to the River Teign. Due to its sloping nature and steep embankment the area was in need of significant remodelling to be suitable for construction and provide adequate flood defences.
The 60-bed hospital consists of 32 single en-suite bedrooms, together with seven four-bed bays in two wards at first floor level. The facilities include a rehabilitation unit, a minor injury and illness centre, a small maternity unit and a range of outpatient facilities.
A key design driver was the need to meet stipulated energy use targets and requirements for future maintenance.
The completed hospital is one of the UK’s most energy efficient. It incorporates a range of environmental technologies, including a super-efficient combined heat and power unit, high levels of insulation, triple-glazing and low energy lighting.
The design maximises the use of natural light and ventilation to conserve energy and maintain a comfortable environment for building users. The completed project achieved an Energy Performance Certificate ‘A’ rating.
The project brought together a successful team of organisations that had delivered several new-build healthcare schemes around the UK.
Having worked previously as part of the same team we were able to use proven documentation and processes to enhance efficient working and capture best practice.
The established relationships were also key in effectively addressing challenges during the project, enabling the team to focus on collaboratively delivering a high quality end product on time and within budget.
The completed Community Hospital received the Health Investor Magazine’s ‘PFI Deal of the Year’ award.