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Archial on site with Dumfries mental health centre

April 28 2010

Archial on site with Dumfries mental health centre
Contractors have begun work on a £27m mental health facility on a greenfield site in Dumfries for the NHS.

Providing 85 beds the centre will accommodate facilities for dementia, the elderly and psychiatric care.

A dedicated landscape area assists with these goals by ensuring that all wards look out onto gardens and the surrounding landscape, maximising the use of daylight.

Incorporating a "naturalistic" palette the scheme employs beige brick and white rendered walls together with a feature vaulting glazed entrance atrium.

Calum MacCalman, Director at Archial Architects, said: “The design of the mental health centre aims to create an environment which promotes the delivery of therapeutic care and helps remove any stigma associated with mental health through a design as far-removed as possible from that of an institutional building.”

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