LCE Architects were appointed to undertake the design of this new Rehabilitation Unit at St Richards Hospital, Chichester as a replacement for the existing facility, which was to be demolished to make way for a new residential scheme, part of the overall redevelopment plan for the hospital site.
The existing Rehabilitation Centre provided an important service to the community and for patients who have suffered serious trauma such as brain injury and progressive conditions such as Motor Neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease as well as those resulting from stroke. The new building has 13 new patient beds and incorporates a number of rehabilitation and therapy areas including a day care centre, gym and physiotherapy space, therapy kitchens and residents gardens.
The building is essentially a single storey structure with a two storey mezzanine zone organised for nursing and administration functions, with all patient areas on the ground floor. Patient bedrooms and day spaces are designed to open onto external terraces with patient therapy and exercise areas. Planters will be set within the dividing screens at a suitable height to enable all patients to tend to the garden.
The design includes a sculpted grassed bank, formed from excavated topsoil from the site, separating the garden from the access road to create a peaceful south facing setting on the busy hospital campus.
The building has been designed as a low rise structure with ‘sedum’ green roof to minimise the visual impact of the building. The green roof reduces the surface water run-off and provides additional insulation to the structure and incorporates a solar-thermal water heating system which all contributes to LCE architects continuing commitment to sustainable design and use of renewable energy.