Posted: 29 November 2019
One Creative Environments’ design projects in the Falkland Islands are progressing well with work currently on site at various stages for all three projects.
The company regularly visits the islands to complement weekly teleconferences and in November 2019, One’s Associate Director, Craig Walding, visited to see progress first hand and to meet with the Falkland Islands Government stakeholders. He also used his time on the islands to actively engage on local community projects as a volunteer!
Craig found that all of the developments have made significant progress since his last visit:
Tourist Shelter and Welfare Facilities – Gypsy Cove
The structure is taking shape in this picturesque and remote location. It is already possible to see how the 1,000s of tourists who visit each year will be able to use these facilities to take in the breathtaking views over Yorke Bay and observe the local wildlife including the Magellanic penguins that nest there. The structure is designed to blend into the surroundings, using locally sourced stone gabion cladding to mimic the natural rock outcrop and a green roof – the first of its kind on the Falkland Islands. The facility is due to open by the end of 2019.
Modernisation and extension of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
The temporary decant kitchen facilities are now in place which are key to enabling the rest of the development work to now take place for the islands’ only hospital. The improvements will include an enhanced imaging suite with new CT scanning and Mammography facilities, as well as a new state-of-the art operating theatre suite that will allow planned and more complex emergency operations to take place on the islands.
Tussac House will be the Falkland Islands’ first purpose built extra care facility for vulnerable adults which is part of a new model of care for the islands. Works are beginning on site with the contractor mobilising resources in man and machine power. They will be breaking ground at the end of November 2019 to execute the enabling works phase of the project, with the building phase of the project to follow.
All three of these exciting projects are due to maintain progress through 2020/21. Further information on these and other projects are available here.