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20 PROJECT REPORT: HEALTHCARE BUILDINGS


“The building slowly reveals itself; it’s quite low key for such a large development”


interdisciplinary design practice BDP to sit naturally among the sweeping hills of the valley it resides in, and to bring functional benefits to its patients, workers, and project team.


A DIFFERENT DISTRIBUTION


The programme is split into three vertically- planned functions: inpatient (green), treatment (pink) and diagnostic (blue)


Secured under the Welsh Government’s Designed for Life Strategy, which sets a long term framework for improving National Health Services, Grange University Hospital is intended to provide care only for the most critically ill patients and those requiring the most complex care. Users will spend time in this facility only for the duration of the critical intervention necessary – being moved as quickly as possible back to their local general hospital, and eventually home. This means the NHS is able to deploy its most highly skilled clinicians – and the most serviced and engineered facilities in the area – into one location, creating a “centre of excellence.”


Procurement Through a short form, competitive bid, BDP and contractor Laing O'Rourke were appointed to take the outline business case forward. With the NHS board having complex needs and strict deadlines, a ‘modern methods of construction’ (MMC) strategy was developed to meet the client’s strict timelines, and BDP were challenged with providing sufficiently detailed models for the builder to achieve the pace required.


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new 450 bed specialist and critical care hospital has been constructed in South Wales by global


The team designed three distinct zones built around a central spine, on the axis of the listed Grange House and its adjacent walled garden. Each of these zones have been designed and built as separate volumes, allowing them to be constructed simultaneously, enabling the installation of services to be as smooth as possible, and even giving the construction team the ability to complete the project six months early to help tackle the pandemic.


Blending with the landscape “Just like a country house,” says Adrian Hitchcock, director at BDP, “when arriving at the hospital from its main access route, the building slowly reveals itself; it’s quite low key for what is such a large development.”


The access road rises through a deep cut in the landscape to the new hospital, constructed on a man-made plateau along one side of the escarpment. This site offers views across the valley to the west and to the Monmouth hills to the east. Once belonging to Grange House, with its historic stained glass windows and a walled garden, the estate provides a mature landscape, “giving it very much a country park feel,” says Hitchcock.


BDP worked with the health board, planning authority and local residents to choose what was a “perfect spot” in order to maximise the far reaching views, while simultaneously allowing the building to


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