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The vision for St Catherine’s Health Centre was to create an exciting, ground-breaking and sustainable design which would radically transform an area in great need of regeneration.
In addition to a challenging brief, which was to encompass new care services, an operational site, new public space and the existing church, the project demonstrates a new benchmark in timescales for a development of this size. Working in partnership with the community, end user, contractor and developer, allowed planning to be achieved in a very short timescale and formulation of a robust design to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
The solution revives the existing hospital site to create a landmark building with vibrant public space which enhances wellbeing and safety and incorporates vital health and social care services. All this achieved whilst substantially reducing the overall building footprint, creating more green space and restoring the Grade II listed St Catherine’s Church to its former position as the focal point of the site.
•Partnerships Bulletin Award for Best Healthcare Project 2011
“Sloping vertical brick fin feature walls are a key part of the design at St Catherine’s Health Centre and required careful detailing and construction, providing an important link to the heritage of the Victorian workhouses that formerly occupied the site. EH Smith worked closely with us and the construction team to resolve buildability issues in the most economical way, and enabled us to achieve a high quality aesthetic within budget.”
Jason Whittall, Associate Director, One Creative Environments Ltd