NHS Gloucestershire award ‘Hospital in the Park’ contract to Couch Perry & Wilkes

Couch Perry & Wilkes (CPW), one of the UK’s leading consultants in sustainability and low energy technology, has won the contract for a new 2500m2 Community Hospital for NHS Gloucestershire which will serve Moreton-in-Marsh, one of the principle market towns in the northern Cotswolds.  The project, due for completion early 2012, is to be built in a designated Area of Natural Beauty.

A fundamental requirement set out by NHS Gloucestershire is for CPW to deliver a low energy building that will achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.  To date, only a few NHS buildings have been registered as achieving this accreditation.

The Hospital will provide 25 beds in individual rooms for medical care and rehabilitation, an extended range of outpatient clinics and community therapy services, an assessment centre including a minor injuries and illness service, and diagnostic services such as X-ray with scope for mobile services such as MRI.

CPW is one of the UK’s largest dedicated environmental building services consultancies and experts at delivering sustainable and low carbon buildings.  One of the key elements of this project is providing a non-institutionalised facility that should reflect a hotel environment rather than a traditional hospital.

In order to achieve this CPW will design a very thermally efficient building, incorporating natural ventilation, roof top thermal collectors providing ‘free’ hot water to the showers and wash hand basins, window design and orientation to ensure good daylighting, and air permeability levels designed to be 50% less than the building regulations to ensure that the heating demands are significantly reduced. 

Wayne Eustace, Director at CPW, said, “This is an exciting project for the company. Not only will we deliver a low energy hospital building in a stunning setting with an EPC rating ‘A’ but the design will also mean overall costs will be significantly less than the Department of Health departmental cost allowances.”