[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Ryder Architecture has completed this £17.5 million combined healthcare and community library in Cleadon Park, Tyneside
The 7,140m² Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre and Library in South Tyneside houses ‘a full range of primary care services’ and includes a new two-storey library, meeting rooms, welfare office, crèche, cafe and pharmacy.
Peter Barker, architectural director for Ryder Architecture said: ‘The principal design driver for the primary care centre and library was engagement with the different user groups to understand their needs and aspirations for the amalgamation of all the very different services into one facility.
‘This was also the major architectural challenge, to unify those features in one site whilst delivering the whole project on time and on budget.
He added: ‘Accessibility is key – the building is on a highly visible corner site and is easy to find. The layout is logical enabling people to find their way around and there is clear signage.’
A biomass boiler provides approximately 75 per cent of annual heat demand and rainwater is harvested to provide water for toilet flushing.
The primary care centre brings together a wide range of healthcare services under one roof which were previously only available in a number of separate locations.
These include minor surgery, breast cancer screening, physiotherapy, musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, mental health services, diabetes services, podiatry and biomechanics, speech and language therapy and healthy lifestyle services.
Architects: Ryder Architecture
Location: South Tyneside
Type of project: primary care centre and library
Structural engineers: Cundall
Design team: Ian Kennedy, Peter Barker, Paul Willets, Louise Ramsay, Glenn Tate
Funding: Building Schools for the Future programme
Start on site date: September 2008
Contract duration: 80 weeks
Form of contract/procurement: Lease Plus
Total cost: £17.5million
M&E consultant: Cundall
Cost consultant: Carillion
Landscaping: Colour UDL
Main contractor: Carillion