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Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Wales

Nightingale completes ‘Designed for Life’ community hospital in Wales

Nightingale Associates has completed Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, a 233 bed hospital in South Wales. The new hospital is located in the former mining town of Ystrad Mynach, five miles north of Caerphilly. Covering an area of 31,000m2, it is the largest new hospital to be built in Wales for 30 years.

The scheme was delivered by BAM Construction through the ‘Designed for Life: Building for Wales’ framework and replaces the services of a number of older community hospitals including Caerphilly District Miners Hospital.

The four storey hospital contains 227 single en suite bedrooms split across seven wards. Facilities include an integrated care centre, diagnostic and treatment centre, integrated therapies including palliative care, local emergency centre and short stay beds. A midwifery-led birthing centre with six beds, mental health services and non-clinical support is also provided.

The building’s “zigzag” plan is influenced by the functional and spatial requirements of the single bedrooms. This arrangement maximises the availability of sunlight and enables the majority of rooms to have the benefit of views across the Rhymney Valley.

Sited beside the River Rhymney, the hospital is designed to ensure it can remain in operation in the event of flooding. The main hospital concourse and clinical accommodation is located one floor above the floodplain and the space underneath conceals a 630 space car park.

The design ensures that energy is used efficiently to reduce the running costs of the hospital. The building has its own biomass boiler and utilises mixed mode ventilation, contributing to a NEAT ‘Excellent’ rating.

The hospital was commissioned through the Gwent Clinical Futures Programme which proposed a fundamental reorganisation of clinical services within the area. This is the second of a new generation of local general hospitals completed through the ‘Designed for Life: Building for Wales’ framework agreement.

Associate, Lindsay Gibbon of Nightingale Associates’ Cardiff Studio said: “Central to the development of the hospital is the inclusion of 100% single room accommodation. One of the key advantages of single bedrooms is that it is an effective barrier to the spread of hospital infections and gives patients greater privacy.”

“The vision for the site was based on the concept of the healing environment. The design sought to maximise the path of the sun and maximise levels of natural daylight. Research has shown that high levels of natural light may contribute to reducing lengths of stay in hospitals and provide increased levels of satisfaction in the workplace.”

The hospital was handed over in September 2011 and patients have now moved in.

Nightingale Associates : Recent Designs

Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute Building, Oxford, England, UK
Design with Make Architects
Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute by Nightingale Associates
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Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute Building
Make, in collaboration with Nightingale Associates, has completed its second commission for the University of Oxford in, the £32m Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute (OMPI). The layout and design of the new 7,000m2 state-of-the-art laboratory has been created to improve and encourage communication between research groups in order to continue the legacy of the adjoining Dunn School, which pioneered the discovery of Penicillin and antibiotics in the 1930s.

16 Nov 2009
UCLH Medical Research Centre, London, England, UK
UCHL Medical Research Centre
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UCLH Medical Research Centre

23 Sep 2009
Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute, England
Design with Make Architects
Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute

14 Sep 2009
Nightingale Associates – new board director
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Architect Paul Dempsey, joins Nightingale Associates as the new board-level Science Development Director.
Further expanding Nightingale Associates’ science division, Paul Dempsey, has been appointed as Science Development Director. Specialising in the pharmaceutical and science sector, Paul previously worked for CBRE, Pfizer and Bovis Lend Lease Pharmaceutical, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the practice when he starts this month.

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Nightingale Associates is a leading practice serving the public sector. It specialises in the fields of health, education and science.

This architecture practice is part of the Tribal Group plc and has six offices in the UK, as well as one office in Cape Town, South Africa.

The architects practice’s commitment to innovation and research has placed it at the forefront of design developments in areas such as modern learning environments, mental healthcare, environmental sustainability and laboratory design.

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