New Medical Centre breathes life into old hospital

October 31, 2012 1:22 pm

The £5 million Hume Street Medical Centre, built on a disused part of the Kidderminster General Hospital site, is now complete.

Kidderminster primary care centre - complete

Kidderminster primary care centre – complete

The new primary care centre has replaced the premises of the Aylmer Road and Northumberland House surgeries and also houses a pharmacy and a private clinical suite.

Northumberland House surgery and Aylmer Lodge surgery reception

Northumberland House surgery and Aylmer Lodge surgery reception

Planning work on the project began in 2005 with a successful competitive bid by the consortium led by Haven Health properties Ltd and reached practicable completion on 2nd October. Main contractor on the 3-4 storey building is Wildgoose Construction and the architect is brp architects.

Kidderminster primary care centre in context

Kidderminster primary care centre in context

Alan Sankey, Director of brp architects and project architect said:

“The project is extremely complex – the only available suitably located site was occupied by several disused buildings and a staff car park at Kidderminster General Hospital. In order to make the site deliverable we had to demolish 7,000 square metres of redundant hospital building and relocate a 250 space car park.

“The site was initially sloping so has been divided into two levels – the upper level which is the primary care centre and its car park turning itself away from the hospital – and the lower level which is the re-provided staff car park for the hospital that sits partly underneath the building as an undercroft and partly in the open air.

Kidderminster Primary Care Centre Internal Views

Kidderminster Primary Care Centre Internal Views

“The site is very much an area of transition between small scale, traditional Victorian terraces and the monolithic blocks forming the rest of the hospital. We have created an environment which tries to respond to the brutish scale of the hospital on the one side, to the more interesting and varied scale of the residential properties on the other. Through scale, massing and external wall finishes the building is broken down into manageable forms with a unique identity of it’s own.

“The central entrance, flanked either side by the private suite and pharmacy, leads directly into the heart of the building crossing the light airy axial spine to the combined reception desk of the two GP practices. The waiting areas, off either side, are both top lit by substantial light wells and present themselves to the exterior of the building with full height glazed corners. In some respects we have created a central naturally lit mall with glazed ends.

“We’re pleased to have been involved in this high profile project and look forward to seeing the facility benefit the local community.” 
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