Work progresses at The Derwent Centre

The first section of works at the £14.5million Derwent mental health unit has now been occupied. The project includes the remodelling, refurbishment and extension of the existing building at the Princess Alexandra Hospital site in Harlow, Essex. The completed scheme will revolutionise the model of care provision of the unit benefiting from:

• Erection of an additional 3700m2,  four storey extension to the unit in a modern aesthetic to significantly improve the image of the Derwent Centre

•Provision of 30 new ensuite anti-ligature patient bedrooms and 2 dedicated disabled bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, replacing outmoded dormitory accommodation.

•Segregated male & female wards, each with dedicated dining room, kitchen and separate day areas, plus additional lounges and interview/care review rooms.

•Relocation of acute ward to ground floor to give direct access to secure garden. Wards arranged ‘back-to-back’ to allow variation in capacity between wards, and allow staff in adjacent ward to render assistance in an emergency. New nurse call system.

•New centralised 460m2 first floor recreational ‘hub’ area together with kitchen servery, therapy rooms, library, quite zones and sensory rooms, to improve patient interaction and recovery.

•Over 100 new secure double glazed windows with patient controlled ventilation in secure bedrooms.

•Over 200 new heavy duty, fire-rated doorsets with associated anti-ligature ironmongery, controlled vision panels, card operated access control and door top alarms in vulnerable areas.

•6000 m2 of new floor finishes to meet requirements of durability, health and safety, and infection control

•Over 2000 m2 of insulated render overcladding to improve energy efficient and patient thermal comfort, and meet current building regulations.

•A new 1400m2 curved aluminium roof to replace leaking 1960s flat roof and accommodate new heating and ventilation plant, with all services renewed throughout.

The scheme is due for completion in 2017 with all clinical areas remaining operational throughout the works, and will improve the sustainability, thermal performance, character, appeal and model of care provided by the building.

Phase 2B of the Green Man Lane nears sectional completion

Phase 2B of the Green Man Lane regeneration project is nearing sectional completion for an early Spring handover. Residents of the London Borough of Ealing are to begin moving into the timber frame houses of Tewksbury Road and apartments of Fearns House and Talman House. All homes have been completed to level 4 of the Code for Sustainable homes, marking a significant step for Ealing's replenishment of housing stock across the borough. Gibberd are proud to have worked alongside Rydon and the consultant team in delivering this rewarding project, and wish all residents the very best for the future ahead.

Dementia Friends Deliver Highly Rewarding CPD

This week we had a hugely rewarding CPD seminar on dementia, delivered by Leah Byrne representing Dementia Friends.

As a practice which is involved with NHS projects and specialist healthcare facilities, Gibberd have a rich history of delivering well executed buildings placing a keen focus on end-user groups and their requirements. Nevertheless it is always beneficial to remind ourselves of the processes involved in carrying out our daily routines which may no longer come as autonomously as they were to those living with dementia. As architects of the built environment we have a level of responsibility to design our spaces and facilities which are accessible to all, at every stage of our lives and beyond the entrance door. Dementia Friends is an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society to change peoples’ perceptions of dementia by transforming how we think, act and talk about the condition.

The five key messages from Dementia Friends are:

1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing.

2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.

3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks.

4. It is possible to live well with dementia.

5. There’s more to a person than the dementia

Works progress at Langley Park

Works are progressing on site with the excavation and construction of a 2500 m² luxury spa forming part of the new 5* hotel development at Langley park.

The majority of the basements enclosing walls and floor slab are now in place. As works advance, the next stage of construction will see the erection of the internal load bearing columns followed by the construction of a reinforced troughed roof slab, which will enclose the spa and reveal the internal volume of the space.