Basildon Hospital New Building – Essex
Bowman Riley designed a new two-storey modular building at the front of Basildon Hospital for Noviniti to provide much-improved entrance and welcome facilities for patients, staff and visitors.
The huge project will overhaul the existing entrance, which has not been changed since the hospital opened in 1972, offering more facilities and a brighter welcome. The new building offers a new restaurant, a faith a dedicated seating area, a new bereavement and PALS suite, a refurbished multi-faith room, a new administration space and new shops.
Our design used bronze cladding at the front as a stand-out feature to highlight the entrance to the hospital. The remainder of the building will be buff-coloured cladding, creating a soft aesthetic to blend in with the surrounding bare breeze block façade buildings surrounding the tight site.
A particular challenge was the adjacency of the existing hospital building. We designed a section of the proposed development to be cantilevered at ground level over the basement of the existing building in liaison with the structural engineers.
The building was designed from the outset to be modular, enabling the building to be constructed off-site. This method reduces the time and impact of the construction works on the hospital’s operations.
Jonathan Dunk, chief commercial officer at the mid and south Essex NHS Trust, said:
“We’re delighted to be working with our new commercial partners on delivering this crucial improvement for Basildon Hospital. The new two-storey building will create a safer, more welcoming and modern main entrance that will meet the needs of our patients, staff and the local community for many years to come.”
Basildon hospital will also benefit from a redesigned road layout that will make it easier for traffic to get on and off-site. Construction on the new entrance will start early next year, with construction due to be completed by late 2022.
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