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Ambitious project for Dorset.

Hospital wins planning permission

Published:  16 June, 2011

DORSET: Plans to extend St Ann's Hospital have been approved by the Borough of Poole Council.

The first building to be built will be an extension to an existing 1980s structure. It will provide a new acute assessment unit, male treatment ward and will be accessed through a three-tiered shared canopy entrance. The 1980s building will be refurbished to provide single en-suite bedrooms.

The second new building will have 32 single bedrooms and support facilities for low secure patients.

The predominant construction materials will be textured stone cladding and high-quality brick, which complements the 1900s brickwork.

A key element of the overall scheme is the masterplan, which has been developed by Nightingale and Terence O'Rourke.The central open space will be reconfigured to reflect the 1900s plan, complementing the original historic vision.

M&E services will be provided by Hoare Lea Engineers and Hyder Consulting are the appointed structural and civil engineers.

The development will implement sustainable and BREEAM standards.

The three-tiered entrance features large expanses of glazing to maximise daylight and the surrounding views. To avoid overheating, sun screens, blinds, brise soleil and natural ventilation will be used.

The project is expected to be delivered by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), who has previously collaborated with Nightingale on a number of projects including the first 'Barn' operating theatre in the UK at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool.

The first phase at St Ann's Hospital will go on site in autumn 2011 and is expected to be completed by summer 2013, with subsequent phases to follow.