projectRedcar Primary Care Hospital

locationRedcar, Cleveland, UK


images© Chapman Brown Photography

Desco delivered the MEP design and consultancy services for this new build integrated hospital and health centre in Redcar, Cleveland. The hospital was commissioned by Redcar Primary Care Trust and was built by Sir Robert McAlpine Limited as design & build contractors for SRM Redcar & Cleveland Limited, the private finance initiative project company.

The new community facility, which serves 100,000 people across south-east Teesside, was developed to replace both the outdated Stead Memorial Hospital and the Redcar Health Centre, which was built in the 1970s.

The development provides 11,000m2 of accommodation over two storeys. A distinctive main entrance leads to a double height atrium, which provides convenient access to all departments. The atrium contains working spaces, main reception, café and visitor facilities. The new facility accommodates an inpatient ward comprising 32 individual rooms, with en-suite facilities and views onto the external landscaped areas, for patients requiring respite care, palliative care, chronic disease management and rehabilitation.

Other services relocated to the new facility are an outpatient department, day theatre and endoscopy, a minor injuries unit, an x-ray and ultrasound department (including 'docking' facilities for other types of scanners), a physiotherapy and hydrotherapy department, a day hospital, four GP practices and a large pharmacy.

The innovative design of the facility has a strong commitment to sustainability. M&E design features of the project include rainwater recovery, natural ventilation, solar panel domestic hot water pre-heating, combined heat and power, lighting controls and the use of ‘green’ electricity.

We developed our designs using computer modelling software which enabled us to work very closely with the architect to consider the building form and orientation; the selection of the building fabric and glazing ratios/types, control and mitigation of solar gain whilst maximising daylighting.

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