The state-of-the-art Whiston Hospital is being developed alongside the St. Helens Hospital, in a £350 million PFI redevelopment programme to provide world class healthcare facilities for the people of St. Helens, Knowsley and Halton.
Architects Capita Symonds Ltd, main contractors Vinci Construction Ltd and St. Helens & Knowsley Healthcare Trust are working together to deliver the project, which is expected to be fully complete in 2012.
The £250m Whiston Hospital is an acute facility and restructures all of the Trust’s main clinical services and wards into a single building, whilst the £100m St. Helens District Treatment Centre (DTC) provides out-patient-style services in an alternative environment to traditional hospital planning.
Ann Marr, Chief Executive, said: “This is a very exciting time for the Trust. Our new facilities at St. Helens and Whiston have been purpose-designed with the involvement of the clinical staff who will be working here.
“This is the biggest investment in healthcare in the community since the NHS was founded 60 years ago and it will bring real benefits to the people of Knowsley, St. Helens and Halton.”
MP Shaun Woodward added: “You have to see it to believe it. This is mind blowing. But no more than my constituents deserve. And to see this world class facility going up next to the old hospital is even more stunning. It will be fantastic for patients and will give staff the facilities they need.”
The new £250m Whiston Hospital has been constructed on the grounds of the existing hospital and construction and therefore complex planning was required in order to keep existing services running whilst a fully integrated and efficient 90,000m² hospital was built. The clinical requirements of the hospital meant that the development was built with functionality in mind; in order to create efficient circulation and interconnection, the wards are satellited to a clinical core.
The building was constructed using a large scale panelock system, with panelled MDF and brick slips. Each of the 3m x 3m strips was delivered on site and fixed onto the wall by metal bracings. The panel lock system is an interesting aspect of the development as it has not been used for such a large project before.
Landscaping has comprised a large plaza, which creates an attractive entrance. The materials used around the site are in keeping with the existing site materials, for instance the use of sandstone for the boundary walls. Additional parking space has also been created. There are attractive courtyards across both hospitals to add to the Trust’s ‘Healing By Design’ principals, which aim to create a more peaceful atmosphere in order for patients to better recuperate.
The new £100m St. Helens hospital is designed around a dynamic central atrium. From the outside, the interior design – which has incorporated different colours to identify the different wards – can be seen, especially at night. The 30,000m² hospital also features large curtain wall facade with terracotta tile cladding.
Because the site slopes significantly, the stepped building is accommodated on four levels, framed in reinforced concrete to achieve a flat slab construction.
Mark Vaughan from Capita Symonds Ltd, Cardiff Office said:
“By standardising clinical layouts across both hospitals, St. Helens and Knowsley Trust have a strong basis for providing consistent healthcare throughout.
“The project has progressed extremely well: all the teams have worked well together and have delivered it at ease without any major problems. I believe that group relations have been built between Capita Symonds, Vinci and the St. Helens/ Knowsley Trust.”
Capita Symonds Ltd is one of the UK’s largest multifaceted companies, delivering property and infrastructure projects on a local, national and international scale. They deliver a comprehensive service to clients across their portfolio through an unrivalled scope of services and a unique blend of professional and technical expertise. With 4,000 staff in more than 50 offices in the UK and internationally, Capita Symonds Ltd design, manage and partner projects, focusing on building strategic relationships with their clients. They support their clients at all stages of a project or programme, in the process optimising the benefits of continuous improvement in design quality, efficiency, cost reduction and knowledge retention.
Capita Symonds Ltd is a wholly-owned division of The Capita Group Plc, a FTSE 100 member and the UK’s leading provider of integrated professional support service solutions.
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