A bright, airy and relaxing interior
TODD Architects, with Hall Black Douglas for Western Health & Social Care Trust
Contract value: £75m
Cost per m²: £2,778
This complex hospital building has succeeded in creating a bright, airy and relaxing interior with efficient organisational strategies, resulting in a holistic and very welcoming environment for healing. The linear two-storey structure, which is appropriate in this rural setting on the edge of Omagh, is a new model of healthcare provision. GP practices are integrated into the hospital design and take advantage of the co-located facilities.
Ward areas contain single en-suite rooms for a mix of patients in recovery, rehabilitation or receiving palliative care. The nursing stations are located in the centre of the blocks, giving them visual supervision of, and pleasant views through, the wards to the outside. Open break-out areas dissolve the traditional clinical barriers between staff and patients, encouraging social interaction and relaxation. It is evident that an engaged and informed relationship between the client, design and user teams, and the contractor has delivered an exemplary healthcare building.