The proposal is to create a new flagship 24 Bed Intermediate Care Unit on the site of north Manchester General Hospital. The new unit has been designed to bridge the gap between hospital care and home care, allowing the patients not yet well enough to return home, a place to stay and receive physiotherapy treatments in a controlled residential environment on the hospital site. This in turn will allow critical hospital beds to be made available to critical patients.
The design & layout & orientation of the building have been determined largely upon the topography of the site and to maximise as much natural daylight as possible. One main advantage on this design allowed us to create separate access to the main hub & entrance of the building via the upon floor level, allowing us to form a large sunken garden area at a lower level so that patients can continue treatment in privacy outdoors as well.
The external envelope of the building has been designed to meld with the surrounding landscape and at the same time have a road side view to create a flagship appearance. One of the main elements of the building is its shell which warps over the buildings body. This element helps identify the buildings hub, and therefore entrance, subliminally from afar, creating dominant but welcoming element over the cluster areas.
Due for completion in October 2017.