Client: Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege
Project value: £1.2m
Project stage: Complete
Gibberd was appointed by the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, a registered charity that maintains schools, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and residential homes for the sick, elderly or needy to design a Hydrotherapy Facility and Physiotherapy Centre on the existing hospital site at Haslemere.
The Sisters, ‘aware that standing still means going backwards’, try to discern trends and prepare to meet patient needs as they arise.
Holy Cross Hospital provides a highly specialised range of services to adults with severe disability by a combination of intensive treatment with support for both the patients and their families. The provision of a hydrotherapy facility enhances treatment for many in-patients, as well as enabling the hospital to offer an out-patient service. Treatments are designed to promote recovery or, where this is not possible, to prevent additional complications which might cause even greater disability or pain.
Holy Cross Hospital is situated on the outskirts of Haslemere and is a purpose built hospital. The hydrotherapy facility and Physiotherapy Centre was designed to link to the existing building so that administrative and treatment facilities can be shared. The hydrotherapy facility includes the following, a pool approx 8x5m, changing facilities, reception, chapel, office accommodation and physiotherapy treatment rooms.
The materials proposed in the scheme were chosen to create a warm, welcoming environment to those visiting the facility and to complement the existing site and landscape.
The client was interested in incorporating energy saving measures where possible to create a more sustainable design solution this involved the use of solar power and water treatment devices.