ACA has submitted designs for planning approval for 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 Assem Allam generously donated £6m to the Trust to design and build the Allam Diabetes Centre. Particularly, the Centre will care for and treat patients with diabetes and metabolic bone diseases.
With this in mind, Dr Allam said: “I moved to this part of the UK in 1968 and I am passionate about this region and the people of East Yorkshire.
“People have always been very good to me and my family. We are grateful to them for their support and kindness. For those reasons we want to demonstrate our gratitude by investing in healthcare facilities. These facilities will bring greater longevity to people’s lives and benefit not just patients but their families and loved ones also.
“I believe that, in particular, we must invest in research and development. This will improve recruitment to our hospitals at the same time as generate investment in this great city. Ultimately it will enable us to develop new and innovative treatments for patients.”
Firstly, the proposed building mirrors the white colour of the monolithic Women and Children Hospital with alternative design geometry associated to the proposed openings and finishes. 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.
The single-storey part of the building will boast a garden roof to offer external amenity space for the Centre’s patients, maximising natural light for the existing adjacent building.
The main entrance lies on the axis generated by the visual link, opening access to a central triple height atrium and a street corridor linking to a service access at the rear of the building. The concept of two blocks connected by a glazed atrium makes reference to other buildings within the hospital campus, breaking the massing yet creating a connection with the volume of the Women and Children’s Hospital.
The proposed 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.
I am impressed with ACA’s creative approach to the brief and responsiveness to challenging timescales.