South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trusts’ vision for Ellen Badger Hospital and Shipston Medical Centre, is for a new truly integrated Health and Wellbeing Hub which is modern, fully compliant and responds to current/future healthcare requirements.
The Trust acquired a parcel of land to the South of the Ellen Badger Hospital site. With the current premises not fully utilised and an operational GP practice bursting at its seams a stone’s throw away, this provided the perfect scenario for the delivery of a BREEAM Excellent integrated health and wellbeing community hub that would transform health services in the area.
One Creative Environments Ltd.’s (ONE’s) highly experienced team was initially appointed to undertake RIBA Stage 0 – 3 and explore the potential of the site to accompany an outline business case. Following approval of that business case, the team was then commissioned for RIBA stages 3-7 and project management duties to complete the design and deliver this exciting project.
Set in a conservation area in the historic town of Shipston-on-Stour was just one of the challenges ONE’s multidisciplinary team needed to navigate in delivering this exciting transformational project. Other considerations and site constraints which were overcome, with no compromise on the health provision being provided to the public, included asbestos, the site being in flood zone one, drainage easements and overland flood paths as well as a significant sloping topography.
Through a series of collaborative internal multidisciplinary workshops and frequent meetings with the client, ONE produced a range of options that would achieve the clients’ requirements. The design team then developed a fully integrated concept scheme that accommodated all the required inpatient and outpatient services, landscaped gardens for general community use.The concept scheme enabled the client to have confidence in the project and following business case approval, the design was further developed.
The final design adheres to the most innovative care delivery models, where patients do not necessarily visit the Wellbeing Hub only when they have an appointment but use the facility and its gardens as a community space, allowing for a more informal interaction with health specialists. The site’s potential is being fully maximised, for example, by identifying the river as an asset with access to the riverfront being provided to the community, views of the river to enhance patient experience as well as utilising the river’s water to provide heat.