Skye community hospital to usher in a new generation of care provision
October 24 2018
NHS Highland have filed a planning application for a new community hospital at Broadford on the isle of Skye, part of a wider reorganization of health and social care services.
The £15m facility is a joint project by Oberlanders, Wardell Armstrong and Rural Design Architects through Hub North with a brief to help unify community health and care teams.
Located between the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and Broadford Health Centre the building will include A&E, X-ray and maternity departments alongside in-patient and out-patient services.
In their design statement both practices wrote: “The east and west facades, together with the roof form a single “wrapped” facade in zinc and timber cladding. This distinctive form is clearly emphasised at the gable elevations. The south gable combines render and timber cladding, creating a material relationship with the health centre. A patient sitting area is located on this elevation at first floor level. A raised solid balustrade provides privacy, whilst allowing distant views over Broadford Bay to the east.
“The ground floor areas are designed with smaller scale architectural elements to the east and west of the entrance. Vertical timber screens create privacy internally, but also add texture to the facades. A coloured “ribbon” acts as a signaling device and leads pedestrian visitors towards the entrance from the south.”
The full business case for the hospital, as well as a sister hospital in Aviemore, will be presented to government ministers early next year.
Daring to be different in a changing world meant that quite a few horrors made it through.
This design will blight the landscape for 40 years until the money can be found to pull it down -- disastrous.
Looks like a concept diagram has been bashed in for planning
I would have hoped for better from Rural Design but it's difficult to know who has the upper hand in the design of this and one can't help suspecting that Oberlanders could be pushing them around a bit.
There currently only seem to be two design trends in circulation at the moment for public buildings -- White column style vertical or profile sheeting tattie sheds.
In comparison Big Auto seems to cover a lot more ground even though it is up against a much more onerous certification workload.
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