As part of the appointment to Health Estates Primary Care and Community Infrastructure (PCCI) Framework, the Ballymena project is the first of three Health and Care Centres to be designed for the Northern Trust.
Officially opening today, 18th February 2016, the new building is designed around a welcoming three-storey entrance atrium, stepping down to a two story block formed around an external courtyard space. The atrium and courtyard create a highly legible layout, providing clear user wayfinding and orientation, while maximising opportunities for natural ventilation and daylight.
Lead architect Keppie, in collaboration with Hoskins Architects, spent considerable time with the various departments and operational and facilities user groups, to ensure that the clinical adjacencies, patient journeys and materiality have been configured to form a clear, cohesive and calming building, from a hitherto disparate range of accommodation and services.
David Ross, Keppie’s Design Director said:
“The opening of the Ballymena Health and Care Centre is a significant landmark in our eight year journey with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust; from initial studies for the reconfiguration of the Braid Valley site, to the provision of treatment and care to the Ballymena community in a state-of-the-art facility.”
“Our ambition was to create a calming and caring environment for both visitors and service providers, while forming an appropriate civic addition to the town on Cushendall Road. The new building is reflective of the hard work and dedication of the entire construction team, our collaborative Architects at Hoskins and not least, the dedicated Client group”.