St Ann’s Hospital, Dorset – Nightingale Associates
From Nightingale Architects comes this recently planning approved St Ann’s Hospital regeneration project. Set in impressive surroundings, with dramatic views out over the Flaghead Chine beach from its cliff top position, the £35 million project is set to add to the capabilities of this local NHS hospital. The new building will share the site with a Grade II listed building.
“Set on a cliff-top overlooking Flaghead Chine beach, the new scheme will share the site of a Grade II* listed building. The 4.2 hectare site boasts attractive grounds and is a secluded and therapeutic backdrop for patients with mental illness.
The first building to be built will be an extension to an existing 1980s building. 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.
All proposed works have been designed to protect the heritage of the area whilst providing 21st Century mental health facilities. The predominant construction materials will be textured stone cladding and high-quality brick, which complements the 1900s brickwork and gives a timeless quality to the hospital.
A key element of the overall scheme is the masterplan, which has been developed by Nightingale and Terence O’Rourke Ltd. The central open space will be reconfigured to reflect the 1900s plan, complementing the original historic vision”, Nightingale Architects
“Considerable time and effort was invested by the client and design team for the pre-consultation planning meetings as our design required a sensitive intervention between the old and the new. By using timeless architectural language and materials we believe as a team we have created an exemplary scheme that will benefit all building users”, Graham MacDougall, Project Architect