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Ballymena Health and Care Centre by Keppie Design and Gareth Hoskins Architects

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Keppie Design and Gareth Hoskins Architects have submitted plans for this new £14 million healthcare centre in Ballymena, County Antrim

Appointed through the PCCI Framework for Northern Ireland Health Estates, the scheme is the first of five new healthcare projects being designed for the Northern Health Trust by Keppie and the recently honoured Hoskins (AJ 04.01.10).

Bringing together a range of primary, intermediary, diagnostic and community health facilities, the new building sits on ‘a prominent position’ along the street front of the existing Braid Valley Hospital site.

The departments are split across two floors which are organised around an internal atrium and an open courtyard. A third floor houses offices.

The main diagnostic suites, including x-ray, physiotherapy and dentistry, are arranged on the ground floor opposite children’s services and pharmacy and community areas.

The first floor is divided into two zones. The first groups seven GP practices around the central atrium, alongside a large shared treatment department. The second accommodates a suite of sessional outpatient and mental health departments.

Readers' comments (11)

  • A strange factory like building with a rather odd entrance, what is the surrpounding context?

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  • Oh come on, I hardly think clerestory windows and saw tooth roofs make up a building typology, and the entrance looks like every bit of advice I've ever seen about prominance and entrances on the corner of a street. If you're trying to make a snarky comment about the aesthetics of the architecture then why don't you take the time to read the plans, have look on Google street view, and put together a clear arguament. What is it with lazy comments, and what is it with me getting so irate about them this week? BAN COMMENTS!

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  • I THINK YOU NEED TO GO TO SPECSAVERS. I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE A FACTORY REFURB

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  • Reminds me of Malcolm Fraser's brilliant Scottish Ballet more like.

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  • A Factory refurb? The rolex factory perhaps, or even the Faberge Egg one, but the factories around there make tires and it definately doesn't look like one of them...

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  • A Factory refurb? The rolex factory perhaps, or even the Faberge Egg one, but the factories around there make tires and it definately doesn't look like one of them...

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  • The factory comment is unfair. I like it it reminds me of the new Hillhead primary school by JM Architects. Similar entrance and corner.

    I think the partnership with Keppie will work well for Gareth and bring some rigour to his work.

    Well done

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  • Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?

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  • sarcasm?

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  • This design could be anywhere and it's very ugly. I know Northern Ireland and there's real talent there that could deliver a much much better looking building. Such a shame.

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  • Architectural design is very subjective if not seen in context. The plans would suggest the building sits between residential and a larger health care estate? In this context the design is very sensitive to its surroundings by way of massing. The building has a distinctive presence by its roof profile and generous entrance – a building with presence, delivered by good Northern Ireland talent in a local office.

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