Eye-catching new Maggie's Centre gets the green light
Libeskind said visitors will be able to visually identify its presence from afar, as it will be designed to contrast with its more-clinical hospital surroundings, drawing in newcomers with an ‘approachable and undulating timber form’. He adds: “The facade’s folds and crevices optimise privacy, light, and shade to create a calm and peaceful interior space that offers patients moments of serenity.  “To maximise the site’s potential, the footprint has been kept small at the ground level and the form expand...
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Work to start on Oldham Hospital extension
The building will be located to the west of the existing main hospital and has been designed to help enhance patient wellbeing. This includes an internal void with landscaped courtyard and south and west-facing patient bedrooms. Externally, materials for the extension have been inspired by Oldham’s rich industrial mill heritage, with feature towers, vertical lines, and framed glazing. The landscape proposals are been designed to provide varying uses, including an informal seating area and café spillout s...
Parliamentarians back social care reform plan
Integrating mental health and supported housing services across England has the potential to save the NHS more than £1billion, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by housing and support services provider, Look Ahead, outlines that if integrated mental health and supported housing systems currently used in parts of London and the South East were implemented across the rest of the country, approximately £950mi could be saved by the NHS.   The document has received the backing of both Conse...
New healing gardens provide respite for patients and staff
And, by exposing patients to nature on a regular basis, the aim is to improve post-operative recovery times. “Sensory plants will be important, but the key aim is to incorporate movement into the planting with large swathes of mixed ornamental grasses and flowering perennials, also helping to keep maintenance to a minimum for the hospital,” said Smith.   “A number of ornamental multi-stem trees have been selected to provide sculptural interest and help to provide privacy, as well as seasonal richness. ...
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Dementia care home for veterans gets a facelift
A specialist dementia care home in Warwickshire has been refurbished to provide increased support for veterans and their families. J Tomlinson’s refurbishment and engineering team delivered the improvement scheme at The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House. The £2.3m upgrade included the creation of two extensions to support increased capacity, as well as landscaping and parking works. As well as providing 10 additional dementia care bedrooms in the home’s award‐winning Poppy Lodge, J Tomlinson also wor...
Morgan Sindall Construction wins £19m contract at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospita
Morgan Sindall Construction has won a £19m contract to deliver an extension and programme of improvements to the emergency department at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust selected its main contractor for the scheme through the Southern Construction Framework; a collaborative delivery vehicle run by Hampshire and Devon County councils. Plans were submitted to expand the hospital’s busy A&E last year, due to significant service pressures.  The new build will hel...

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