Sustainability, comfort and security for a new hospital unit
St Andrew’s is the UK’s leading charity providing specialist NHS care including secure care pathways in mental health and neuropsychiatry. At its Northampton site, the charity wished to build a new medium-secure facility for adult males in what would be the largest building project it had ever undertaken.
St Andrew’s was looking for a building that would be sustainable, comfortable for staff and residents, and yet also provide a degree of security.
We provided detailed designs for the mechanical services for the new unit, including 26 air handling units, extensive VRF air conditioning, a biomass boiler to provide all heating and domestic hot water requirements, and CHP. The design also included a rainwater collection system that would circulate rainwater around the building to service all WCs.
Now complete, the Cliftonville unit at St Andrew’s incorporates 128 en-suite bedrooms. Off ward facilities include a swimming pool, therapy and education centre, activity hall, physiotherapy, industry centre, arts and crafts, dentist, doctor, barber and a second floor administration space for 86 staff. The facility is highly efficient and sustainable, with the rainwater system providing most of the water required by the WCs.