One of the first of its kind in Scotland, this 11,700m2 new build clinical care facility is devoted to the care of the elderly and offers high levels of patient care with 100% single occupancy rooms providing dignity within a ‘healing environment.’
The project involved the demolition of existing redundant buildings and the design and construction of a 147 bed, 6 ward geriatric care and day hospital. The new building also includes rheumatology and dermatology departments. It is connected to the existing Anne Ferguson Building infrastructure by a link bridge, situated at first floor level removing the requirement for patients to go outside when going to other departments within the hospital. Additional facilities include a café and seated area on the ground floor with a landscaped court yard at the centre, creating a welcoming social area outwith the ward environments. Car parking facilities for the site were also upgraded through the installation of a two-story car park with a capacity for 207 cars.
Part of the HFS procurement process, the building was fast track designed within 10 months of appointing a contractor. Thomson Gray were instrumental in ensuring that the project was successfully designed and engineered within the original budget. Added value was achieved through generating additional floor area, enhancing sustainable technologies through ground source heat pumps and photovoltaics, wireless clinical care technology. The ‘flat slab’ concrete frame developed offers a 60 year plus life cycle as well as flexible maintenance and alteration capabilities.