Heathlands Care Home

Heathlands Care Home


A new build 66 bed dementia care home to include a 20 bed intermediate care unit. All design elements were required to comply with UK NHS Hospital Technical Memoranda unless suitable derogations could be agreed with technical justification.

The final design provided patient accommodation across three floors together with staff only accommodation of the top floor and secure landscape convalescence space wrapping around the side and rear of the building.

Key Challenges

An outline design for the scheme had been produced by a different design team which didnt meet the clients brief for floor area or budget. Our teams input quickly overcame this problem and provided the client with a scheme they were very pleased with and happy to proceed with through the detailed design and construction.

BWBs collaborative involvement in the design teams holistic approach from feasibility stage onwards including commitment to early stage complex computational analysis and BIM modelling benefitted the scheme significantly including securing a robust tender from the contractor at outset of RIBA Stage 3.

Care homes are notoriously warm and under-ventilated causing an uncomfortable and poorly controlled environment for patients. Early stage thermal analysis of the scheme demonstrated suitable environmental and facade treatment which were applied in a holistic manner with the evolving energy minimisation strategy required to meet planning and building regulation requirements. The routing of hot and cold piped services also ensured circulation spaces did not over heat whilst minimising Legionella risk.

Acoustic separation of bedrooms required attention to ensure a cost effective yet easily deliverable solution was found which integrated with the structural design fire strategy and ventilation systems provision.

The clients expectations for patient security and staff call facilities within the bedroom accommodation was quite specific and required a full review of innovation available from the specialist systems provider market.


Leon Maddison

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