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Foster + Partners completes first ever hospital

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Foster + Partners has completed its first ever hospital: this 6,000m2, three-storey building near Bath for Circle, Europe’s largest private healthcare partnership

The practice describes the CircleBath scheme as a ‘radical departure’ from traditional hospital design and ‘more comparable to a luxury hotel’.

Arranged around a double-height atrium, 30 patient bedrooms are housed in a rectangular upper volume clad in a reflective lattice of aluminium shingles. Spencer de Grey, Foster + Partners’ head of design, said: ‘[The design] is democratic, putting the patient at the heart of the system in a space that does not feel institutionalised and instead takes advantage of the rural setting, the light and the views.’

The scheme is one of a new wave of hospitals being designed by architectural superstars, including Richard Rogers and Hopkins Architects.

Project Data

Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Bath
Type of Project: Private Hospital
Structural Engineers: WSP Cantor Seinuk
Project Architect: Darron Haylock  
Design Team: Spencer de Grey, Paul Kalkhoven, Darron Haylock, Hans-Christian Wilhelm, Ingrid Sölken, Pritesh Patel
Client: CircleBath/Health Properties Management
Funding: confidential
Tender date: 2006
Start on site date: January 2008
Contract duration: 75 weeks
Gross internal floor area: 6,185m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: nec
Total cost: confidential
Annual co2 emissions: Not known
Services Engineers: Arup
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon LLP
Planning supervisor: CSJ Planning
Traffic consultant: IMA Transport Planning
Main contractor: Vinci/Taylor Woodrow Construction
Medical Equipment Planner: MJMedical
Landscape Architect: Plincke
Selected subcontractors and suppliers - External:: Lakesmere Marine Grade Aluminium (cladding); Schuco (curtain walling and windows);Ibstock (brick); Orsogril (louvers/screens)
Selected subcontractors and suppliers -Internal: Domus (ceramic tiles); Armstrong (ceilings); Altro (vinyl floorings); Knauf Integral (Internal wall linings); British Gypsum (partitions); Resopal  (internal linings); Riessler (internal linings); HEWI (door hardware and access accessories); Allgood (door hardware); Parador (timber flooring)   

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