A new energy efficient hospital in Cynon Valley, South Wales has been completed. The £70m development is intended to act as a catalyst for regeneration of the area while providing rehabilitation and intermediate care, pediatric services, supporting therapies, outpatient clinics, dental services and mental health units for out-patients and elderly patients.
The development curves around the river bank and is integrated into the landscape with a configuration of low-rise green roofs. This lessens its impact on the valley, which is overlooked by traditional terraces. The hospital is positioned for the best views of the surrounding countryside while the landscaping of the 16 acres it sits in fosters biodiversity.
The interior follows a format of internal courtyards while energy efficiency is central to the design. Naturally ventilated wards make the most of daylight and passive climate control through the building’s thermal mass. A biomass hot water system further reduces the facility’s carbon footprint as well as operating costs.
Architects HLM have designed the building to be flexible in the future, able to adapt to changes in patient care standards and accommodation.
Jonathan Jones, associate director at HLM, said: “The building’s scope for adaptation ensures that it has the ability to change in future and thus keep pace with the future evolution of care.
The hospital was commissioned by Cwm Taf Local Health Board and the project team included: HLM as architects, landscape architects and interior designers; Arup as structural engineers; Buro Happold as M&E engineers; Capita as project manager; Gleeds as cost consultant; and VINCI Construction as contractor.
Cynon Valley Hospital replaces the outdated Mountain Ash and Aberdare hospitals, with the existing sites scheduled for redevelopment in the near future.
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