Allam Diabetes Centre, Hull

Client: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Services: Architecture, Interior

Year: 2019-2021
Status: Complete
Project Type: New Build
Project Value: £6m
Awards: Winner Novum Bronze Design Award & Finalist National Building & Construction Awards 2021
ACA has submitted designs for planning approval for a £6m new-build Allam Diabetes Centre within Hull Royal Infirmary.

Project Background

ACA has designed a £6m new-build Allam Diabetes Centre within Hull Royal Infirmary. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust approached ACA to carry out the exciting designs.

Importantly, Hull City owner Dr Allam generously donated £6m to design and build the Allam Diabetes Centre. Particularly, the Centre will care for and treat patients with diabetes and metabolic bone diseases.  Moreover, these facilities will bring greater longevity to people’s lives.  Not only, they will improve recruitment to Hull’s hospitals and generate investment.

The Design

Primarily, ACA sought to develop a people-focused design with a welcoming environment and a de-institutionalised feel.  Therefore, to create the best healing environment for patients and working areas for staff, the form and materials:

  • Maximise natural daylight;
  • Are robust;
  • Complement the white cladding of the adjacent Women and Children Hospital.

Firstly, the stunning glazed entrance and atrium creates a welcoming embrace for the users approaching the building. In addition, the design of the two towers maximises light, views, and ventilation control.  Inspiration for the building’s organic plan came from the anatomy of the major organs affected by diabetes.  Thus, it is wrapped in a skin of porcelain cladding, a metaphoric protection for the organs and the building.  Moreover, the colour mirrors the white colour of the monolithic Women and Children Hospital with an alternative design geometry.

Secondly, the selection of materials achieve a contemporary feel yet introduce an innovative take to express the building’s form. The structure will be constructed using a metsec structural system with elevations wrapped by rainscreen cladding and curtain walls.

Thirdly, the single-storey part of the building will boast a garden roof.  Thus offering an external amenity space for the Centre’s patients and maximising natural light for the existing adjacent building.

Finally, the main entrance opens access to a central triple height atrium.  In addition a street corridor links to a service access at the rear of the building. In fact, the concept of two blocks connected by a glazed atrium makes reference to other buildings within the hospital campus.  This breaks the massing and creates a connection with the volume of the Women and Children’s Hospital.

Use of Space

So, the new building structure will include as follows:

Ground Floor: a large waiting area and reception, office space, consulting rooms and specialist treatment rooms with associated ancillary facilities.

First Floor: individual and open plan offices and training rooms.

Second Floor: research consulting rooms, offices, store areas and roof void.

End-User Testimonial

As someone who has Type 1 Diabetes and a retired Architect, I congratulate ACA on this magnificent new centre for patients and staff, who needed a modern centre to deliver excellent care! Well done to all who made this possible. David Nurse
“I am very pleased with Alex Caruso’s and the ACA design team’s response to the brief. Indeed we wanted the Allam Diabetes Centre to be a recognisable and memorable landmark at the front of HRI. My family and I are proud to be associated with such an iconic building, whose beautiful and inspired design has both lifted and transformed the local street scene to an unprecedented level for the area. Furthermore, ACA’s design of the Allam Diabetes Centre also fulfilled our aspirations for a twin building, the Allam Endoscopy Centre. Both buildings represent an important symbol of my family’s contribution to the city of Hull.”

Ehab Allam – Vice Chairman, Hull City Tigers Ltd

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