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Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex
Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex marks a step forward in the provision of healthcare and this all-encompassing focus has been perfectly delivered by TODD Architects.
Located on the outskirts of the town, this innovative new facility is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland.
This new model brings together acute and primary services on a shared campus, as well as four GP practices, a day procedure unit, urgent care department, a 40-bed en suite ward and community outreach facilities.
The hospital has been specifically created in response to the latest healthcare reports and future initiatives, offering day procedure, endoscopy, out-patient, radiology, renal, clinical investigation and intervention services.
Bringing all these different elements cohesively together has been the result of the collaborative approach taken by TODD Architects, with the company working closely with the client, the project team, the engineers and with local community groups and organisations to hear their insights and suggestions. Working on a greenfield setting allowed for a certain amount of flexibility in terms of layout.
From an architectural design perspective, Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex is TODD Architects’ flagship healthcare project to date. Visual presence was a key architectural factor, with the new building’s materiality, form and structure carefully designed to seamlessly blend into the tonal topographic palette of the country landscape, while also appearing prominent enough to showcase a sense of presence and engender an appropriate level of civic pride.
A main focus on the design was to maximise natural light, reduce running costs and to assimilate the holistic exteriors into the interiors.
Each department is visually articulated by a defined pavilion block, which in turn is interlinked by glazed streets across two and three levels. From these glass-enclosed corridors, an inner series of enclosed, holistically landscaped gardens are accessible and visible from all levels.
The outer facing glazed areas of the building provide panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, with individual patient wards benefitting from this further via access to balconies.
TODD Architects introduced break out areas in the main department thoroughfares to encourage engagement, social interaction, relaxation and reflection between staff and patients.
Staff and patient requirements are at the heart of the Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex. TODD Architects was able to establish a wayfinding flow system where each department is interconnected in terms of a patient’s stages of treatment, as defined by a colour-coded signage strategy.
Sustainability was a primary focus. The initial building designs were based on ‘first principles’, where the building has the appropriate orientation, situation and massing, coupled with a design to maximise natural light and reduce running costs by reducing the amount of heating and cooling energy required. At project design stage, a thermal dynamic modelling software was developed using IES compliance software and a block model to generate nearly 50 different building and energy scenarios. This assisted in achieving the optimum solutions.
TODD Architects is delighted to have received positive feedback from both staff and patients regarding the design, layout and brightness of the spaces since the hospital opening in June.