Success for work on specialist healthcare facility

Couch Perry & Wilkes played a vital role in one of the largest neo-classical properties to be built in the UK for 50 years.

William Wake House in Northampton is a £46 million flagship development by St Andrew’s Healthcare, with 132 en-suite bedrooms over eight ward units, and therapy areas with central recreational courtyard, swimming pool and activity hall, for patients needing medium-secure mental healthcare.

The £11 million mechanical and engineering works by award-winning CPW not only met the rigorous standards for both clinical and functional needs, but they supported sustainable engineering principles.

Richard Wilson, of CPW, said the team worked closely with St Andrew’s Healthcare and Oxford Architects to deliver innovative sustainable engineering works within the building, which was built on a heritage site and took two years to complete, opening in December 2010.

Among the features were VRV cooling and heating to the majority of the rooms; a high efficiency air handling unit; a combined heat and power unit that was integrated with the heating and power distribution; rainwater recovery; and a biomass boiler to support the main gas-fired plant.

Other considerations for this sensitive environment included a comprehensive staff attack system; robust anti-ligature ventilation grilles, water controls and polycarbonate light fittings; secure door access systems; and fire shutdown strategy.

“We have extensive experience in working in healthcare settings and are able to deliver outstanding results, using the expertise of our staff in this specialist sector,” says Richard. “Understanding this highly specialised sector means we can provide very high quality environmentally-friendly solutions for this very sensitive sector.

The work by CPW was also recognised when it was shortlisted for the Specialist Care category in the prestigious Pinder Healthcare Design Awards 2011.

 “We were very proud to be shortlisted for the Pinder Healthcare Design Awards as it recognised our part in this extraordinary project,” adds Richard.

Couch Perry & Wilkes, which has five offices: Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and a head office Birmingham, is one of the UK’s leading environmental services builders and has won a string of awards for its innovative and eco-friendly designs.