NGS Macmillan Unit – Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Architecture and interiors practice The Manser Practice enjoyed a stellar night at the recent RIBA East Midlands Awards, picking up 4 awards for its NGS Macmillan Unit project at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The state-of-the-art NGS Macmillan Unit opened in June 2017, bringing together the hospital’s cancer services into a unique, purpose-built cancer treatment unit.
As well as winning a RIBA East Midlands Award, The Manser Practice also won East Midlands Building of the Year, Client of the Year and Project Architect of the Year for Guy Barlow. The Manser Practice first began working on the project in May 2013 and its recent success is a testament to the team’s skill and dedication.
Split across two levels, the NGS Macmillan Unit gathers the hospital’s entire core and support services and positions them in one, accessible area. On the first floor there is a combined treatment room with extended views of the Derbyshire landscape. This treatment room is linked to the main hospital via a glazed bridge. The ground floor is home to the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, greeting visitors as they arrive and leave the facility. The opening of the unit meant Chesterfield Royal became one of the first hospitals in the UK to provide truly holistic cancer care under one roof.
Patient needs are at the heart of the unit’s design and The Manser Practice worked closely with a health planner, the clinical and estates teams, Macmillan and patients to ensure this was the case. The Manser Practice has coupled an uplifting and therapeutic design, with an efficient and well-organised layout, developing and enhancing the way services are delivered and considering the patient journey, clinical timetabling and room occupancy as central to the design. The architects drew on their experience in the hotel and transport sectors to create a calm and well-planned environment to be cared for and to work in, with a welcoming entrance and clear and simple wayfinding throughout the building.
Externally, Corian cladding was used for the first time in the UK and is a particular design highlight. The use of Corian helps create a clean, contemporary look while from a functionality perspective it is malleable, robust and low-maintenance.
Guy Barlow, Joint Managing Director at The Manser Practice, said:
“From initial concept through to construction, the unit has been specifically designed around the needs of all those who use it. We wanted to create a building that is uplifting and meets the complex care-needs of cancer patients in the wider Chesterfield area. We consulted with staff and patients right from the very inception of the project to gain an understanding of what they wanted and needed from the space. We then worked intensively with all the departments to define the care pathways, producing a combined timetable to identify the optimum number of key clinical rooms, combining this with the site constraints and an ongoing dialogue to develop the building.”
The Manser Practice
Founded in 1961 by Michael Manser, The Manser Practice is an award winning architecture and interior design practice with studios in London and York. The 40-strong team provides a fully integrated, pragmatic and coordinated approach to design.
The practice has completed work on a number of high-profile projects throughout the UK and internationally including the Great Eastern Hotel, a Grade II listed 5 star boutique hotel in City of London; the new Macmillan Cancer Centre in Derbyshire; Spring Mews, an award winning mixed use development in Vauxhall; the Wembley Hilton Hotel, and High Commission buildings for the British Government in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Pakistan.