St Catherine’s Health Centre

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hello@oneltd.com

Head Office: +44 (0) 1905 362 300   |   London Office: +44 (0) 203 8701 645   |   Birmingham Office: +44 (0) 121 312 3876   |  

St Catherine’s Health Centre

Location

Birkenhead, Merseyside

Client

NHS Wirral

Value

£32.6M

Services
  • - Architecture
  • - Landscape Architecture
  • - Masterplanning
  • - Interior Design

The 11,100 sqm four storey health centre was commissioned by NHS Wirral in the grounds of the existing eight acre St Catherine’s hospital site, to sustainably meet the health and social care needs of the local population.

  • The state-of-the-art new building will transform the Church Road site, creating a major new centre for health and wider care services for the residents of Tranmere and Birkenhead. It will once again put this important site at the heart of the community.

    Doug Baker, Head of Capital Projects and Premises Management / NHS Wirral

Project Benefits

  • Reduced project timescales – benefitting from a truly integrated design team and by working in close collaboration with all stakeholders from the outset, ensured a robust design concept was achieved in just seven days and taken to a successful full planning submission in only ten weeks.
  • Highly flexible space and ability to adapt to future needs – by designing the building around an internal volume free of columns and utilising lightly framed internal structures, there is the capability for future expansion or reconfiguration of space as needs demand.
  • Improving patient experience – the interior design incorporates intuitive way finding, coupled with an ‘internal street’ to link the five individual wings. Integrated master planning ensures open access and clear pathways for safety and ease of navigation.

Project Overview

The vision for St Catherine’s Health Centre was to create an exciting, ground-breaking and sustainable design which would radically transform an area in great need of regeneration.

In addition to a challenging brief, which was to encompass new care services, an operational site, new public space and the existing church, the project demonstrates a new benchmark in timescales for a development of this size.  Working in partnership with the community, end user, contractor and developer ensured a robust design concept was achieved in just seven days and taken to a successful planning submission in only ten weeks.

The significant historic value of this landmark site has been preserved and through consultation and engagement with staff, service users, the local community, St Catherine’s Church, English Heritage and Birkenhead Historic Society ensured the scheme embraced the Grade II listed church, making this historic building central to the new development.