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34 Atherleigh Park Hospital


 Site area: 3.9 Hectares Building footprint: Phase 1, 4,990m2


Total project costs: £40 million Courtyards: 11 Car parking: 161 spaces First phase opens: November 2016


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Phase 2, 2,515m2


Interior architecture and design reflects contemporary approaches to mental health services and dementia care as the images on this page show


with soft lighting. However, the trust is keen not to label rooms, so some of the


day spaces have multiple uses – an interview room might also serve as a quiet space for patients, for example. “To further enhance the ambience, we came up with the


concept of decorating some walls with giant-sized photographs of natural scenery,” says Short. “The images of local places of interest have been selected by the trust, reinforcing the community feel." The hospital's green credentials include LED lighting,


low-E glazing, photovoltaic panels and use of natural ventilation outside crucial clinical areas.


Learning curve


Summing up, Neil Milling says: “We’ve been on a big learning curve and kept an open mind. We’ve been listening to experts at Stirling and Nottingham Universities and Jenny Gill of Design in Mental Health who liaised with trust to produce invaluable design guidance for the project. “In the landscape of mental healthcare and dementia care


design there’s a great push forward and the rules are shifting all the time. You cannot afford to keep still and, where possible, we’ve tried to bring new ideas forward. “With Atherleigh Park we’re handing something over


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we feel genuinely proud of. It really seems we’re making a difference by creating an improved environment for people facing mental health and memory-related conditions – and that feels good.”


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Client: 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Architects: AFL Architects M&E consultant: DSSR Structural and civils consultant:WSP Landscape architects: Fabrik Healthcare consultant: Jenny Gill Main contractor: Kier Windows, external doors and curtain walls: Polar NE Access control: SALTO Fixtures and fittings: Quadraco Internal doors: Datim SIPS system external walls & flat roofing: Kingspan Slates: Marley Partitions: British Gypsum External paving products: Tobermore


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