Work is now underway on the second phase of the new Roseberry Park Hospital, which is located on the site of the former St. Luke’s Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The first phase of the £75 million PFI project was completed in 2010 and comprised the construction of a central facility and thirteen associated buildings within a campus-style development. Roseberry Park Hospital is a 312-bed inpatient mental health facility with learning disability and forensic services for adults and older people.
Phase Two will include a 51-bed expansion of the forensic mental health unit and is scheduled to be completed by September 2012. Main contractor for the project is Laing O’Rourke and the architect is Medical Architecture (MA).
John Ord, associate director of PFI projects at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Roseberry Park is a key part of the trust’s plans to fundamentally modernise the way we provide services. The completed facility is truly impressive and has been designed to complement the excellent clinical care we provide.
“As we hoped, the new development has created a wide variety of external spaces that our staff and patients can enjoy. The imaginative approach taken not only presents the hospital in a welcoming, green setting but also provides a series of unit-specific opportunities to engage patients in outdoor therapeutic activity.”
The accommodation is broken down into a number of ‘houses’ that are arranged around large activity gardens and courtyards. All of the clinical accommodation is at ground floor level, which has allowed physically disabled service users to access all areas and has eliminated the need for lifts, ramps and steps.
Most of the site has been constructed using a lightweight timber frame construction that has minimised the amount of concrete foundations, whilst the majority of the development was prefabricated offsite in panels to reduce wastage. Further features include: a recyclable aluminium roof, a wind turbine and the implementation of sustainable urban drainage to attenuate the surface water runoff.
Bob Wills, Innovation & Technology Lead Architect at MA, commented:
“This has been a challenging project due to the speed of the construction and the scale of the site. In many ways it has also been a transformative experience for us; Laing O’Rourke insisted that the project was procured using BIM, which in turn has completely changed the way that we work and design buildings.”
Consultations were carried out with patients, their carers and staff across all elements of the design in order to ensure that the provision was truly representative of their needs. The buildings are flexible and adaptable in response to future changes in guidance and clinical practice, featuring directional artwork to guide users and a colour theme that is based on natural features found on Roseberry Topping.
The stunning design particularly impressed the judges of the RIBA Northern Awards 2011, who awarded the development both a Gold Award and the Hadrian Award for North East Project of the Year.
Eric Carter, RIBA North East Regional Chair (Northern Network Awards), said:
“The jury considers this scheme to be an exemplar of its type and was particularly interested by the way the architects had manipulated the design to reduce its significant bulk into recognisably human scaled spaces.
“The integration of the landscape into the design is particularly well handled and the quality of the environment must contribute to the user’s wellbeing.”