The main entrance

reception has a suspended wooden ceiling and is lit from above by a long row of skylights and

aluminium-framed curtain wall glazing

“Ward accommodation comprises a series of single, en-suite bedrooms in low-height structures naturally dictating a long, linear shape for the ward buildings. We broke up this linearity by incorporating vertical dormer features along the sides of each finger. These are public circulation areas – day space – with large oriel windows allowing extensive daylight penetration. “Additionally, each ward room features

large, tall windows running from the ceiling almost to the floors to punctuate the linearity, while giving patients attractive landscape views from their beds and a good source of daylight.”

Natural light streams through two large, unglazed rectangular openings in the roof of each ward building roof, creating light wells inside. The well walls are glazed, forming open courtyards in the wards, giving staff views across from one corridor to another to help them observe patients or see if colleagues need support.

Environmental integration

“Integration of the internal environment with the natural landscape is a crucial component of the project, as is the


landscaping on the campus in general,” says Bell. “We liaised extensively with landscape architects Fira, to meet the requirement.” He adds: “Between each ward building are spacious accessible gardens where patients can experience various garden environment spaces, paths and glades, some used for therapy purposes, others for walking. The relatively loose grouping of the buildings also permits landscape views for people inside. The central courtyard of the women and children’s unit also has a planting area.

“Palliative care rooms have their own garden terrace, and beds can be taken onto them so patients can experience the external environment,” says Bell. “The courtyard at the centre of the Women and Children’s unit is generously proportioned and attractively landscaped to include children’s play spaces and quieter areas. Car parking is in curved lines on the

site’s eastern side, softened with extensive planting that extends beyond the perimeter to form a green barrier to the light commercial buildings beyond. The main entrance reception has a suspended wooden ceiling and is lit from above by a long row of skylights and aluminium-framed curtain wall glazing with countryside views. Bell points out: “This creates a pleasant welcome to the hospital, and from there the obvious primary circulation routes make it is easy to find the wards and other inpatient and outpatient services. The many attractive gardens and landscaped spaces across the campus also act as memory points for navigation.”

A ground floor cafe with views over the landscaping features decorative glass


Glazing is used to create light-filled, uplifting spaces and walkways throughout the building


Client: NHS Dumfries and Galloway Architect: Ryder Architecture in collaboration with NBBJ Main contractor: Laing O’Rourke Landscape architects: Fira Structural engineer: WSP MEP engineer: Hoare Lea


Campus size: 50 acres Total building area: 65,000 m2 Number of beds: 344 Staff on site: 2,000 (approximately) Population served: 148,000 Overall project value: £212m Car parking spaces: almost 1,000 Work commenced: February 2015 Final completion: September 2017


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