BDK Architects

BDK Architects
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Health & Social Care

Jersey General Hospital

BDK Architects have developed an understanding of the unique challenges faced in the Healthcare field and in particular the requirements of the States of Jersey Health and Social Services Department, having prepared several designs for projects at the Jersey General Hospital.

The hospital facilities are under extreme pressure from increased demand and ever-changing healthcare requirements. Owing to the restricted and limited space for expansion at the General Hospital we have been commissioned to produce a number of feasibility schemes for Day Surgery, Acute and General Administration, Oncology and the ENT and Eye Departments.

Working closely with our associate practice, Forum Architects, who have vast experience and knowledge of Healthcare Projects in the UK, our combined knowledge and resources have enabled us to develop a comprehensive joint scheme for the Day Surgery and Acute and General Administration Departments.The scheme has been very well received by management, surgeons, nursing and administration staff, drawing the comment from the Director of Acute and General Administration that “it is an accomplishment to have managed to obtain consensus from all departments”.

The work includes total refurbishment and re-planning of the existing Day Surgery unit to provide a second Operating Theatre within the existing floor plate. Extensions to the building also provide for a new Minor Ops Theatre, Consultants Suites and Day Room. Additional bed spaces are provided in Ward and Single Room configurations at the first floor of a further threestorey extension to the building. This extension also incorporates upper floors of Offices for Acute and General Administration that are linked to the main administration block of the Hospital, giving a logical rational to the positioning of the various departments.

This new three-storey extension has been designed with a lightweight structure as it sits on top of an existing building of limited structural capacity. We have successfully achieved the challenge set by the brief of linking together three existing buildings with varying floor levels, to ensure ease of access for trolley beds and disabled users throughout the buildings. In addition, the building work will be carried out as a phased project to enable the existing Day Surgery facilities to be kept functioning during the works.

The materials have been carefully chosen to respect the building’s context. The main extension’s North elevation will feature a lightweight glazed curtain wall facade with reflective green tinted glass to play upon the juxtaposition of the adjacent historic listed granite building. Similar glazed elements will be incorporated into the predominantly South facing elevation at internal corner positions and where the new structure adjoins existing buildings. These will incorporate highly insulated copper clad panels with deep window features to minimize solar gain. It is the intention these quality materials should begin to set a precedent for the pallet of material choice in future new developments at the Hospital site.