The Manser Practice
The Chesterfield Hospital building provides state-of-the-art facilities and a high-quality healing environment and features structural glazing to create a flush facade and floods the wards with natural light.
The project has a T-shaped plan which reinvents the traditional layout of wards to improve efficiency and patient dignity. Each ward has two clusters of patient rooms with windows created using GEODE MX curtain walling to ensure a high level of natural light and further improve the patient experience.
Each glazing unit is 1.2m by 2.4m with a fixed pane and concealed top-hung vent above. The GEODE MX Curtain Walling system is also used for the full height glazing to two stairwells and for the nurses stations on each floor.
The curtain walling solution is finished in anthracite grey, glazed with low E high-performance solar control glass and contrasts with the ceramic granite cladding. CD Commercial Doors were also utilised for the entrances and exits to this building.
Key elements of the design brief for the Chesterfield Hospital Building, which contains 32-bed wards, were patient care and dignity, infection control and a holistic environment. The result is a facility more comparable to a hotel than a typical hospital. The building was used by an independent research body to test anecdotal evidence that a well-designed hospital environment reduces recovery times and contributes to better outcomes for patients.