[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.