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Allam Diabetes Centre, Hull

Project Specifications

Location: Hull

Client: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Year: 2019

Status: In Development

Project Type: New Build

Project Value: £6 million

Project Scope

Work has started on site for ACA’s stunning designs 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.

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.


The brief


The brief was to create a striking landmark design in front of Hull Royal Infirmary. 

Firstly, the stunning designs mirror the white colour of the monolithic Women and Children Hospital.  In addition, the selection of materials achieves a contemporary feel and introduces 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.

Moreover, there will be a garden roof to offer external amenity space for the Centre’s patients.  This will also maximise natural light for the existing adjacent building.

In addition, the main entrance boasts a central triple height atrium and street corridor, linking to a service access at the rear of the building. The concept of two blocks connected by a glazed atrium refers to other buildings within the hospital campus.  Furthermore, the design breaks up the massing and creates a connection with the Women and Children’s Hospital.

The new building structure will include a large waiting area and reception, office space, consulting rooms and specialist treatment rooms on the ground floor.  In addition the first floor will provide individual and open plan offices and training rooms. Finally, the second floor will offer research consulting rooms, offices, store areas and a roof void.


The Challenges and Design Solutions


First of all it was a challenge to design and submit a project of this size and nature to planning in only 3 weeks.  So, ACA designed the project in 3D from the start to clearly communicate the vision and design intent.

Secondly, the location of the site is in a high risk flood area, meaning ACA needed to coordinate and submit supporting documentation to mitigate the flood risk.  The floor of the building will be raised to limit the impact of any potential future floods.

The building should be completed by March 2021.



“I am impressed with ACA’s creative approach to the brief and responsiveness to challenging timescales.”

Duncan Taylor, Director Of Estates, Facilities & Development, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust