A commission to provide architectural design for a pavilion and facilities at Leeds General Infirmary on behalf of the Candlelighters’ Trust, a children’s cancer charity based in Yorkshire.
The scheme transformed an area of hard-standing play space into an enjoyable and exciting space with a purpose-built timber frame play room, covered tensile canopy walkway between play room and existing ward, coloured soft play surface and outdoor planting.
The site, owned by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, sat between the Paediatric Oncology and Cystic Fibrosis wards and has been divided to provide equal areas of external play space for each ward.
A timber play pavilion has been created, used as a space for respite and relaxation for patients and their families and to provide a more homely environment away from the hospital ward. The timber frame structure utilises several sustainable design details to ensure the pavilion is a healthy and comfortable environment to be in. Long-term running costs are kept to a minimum and a BREEAM rating has been achieved. The building frame itself uses FSC approved sustainable timbers, with specially designed SIPS forming the walls and roof to ensure high levels of insulation. Timber softwood weatherboard and brick is used to externally clad the building.
Photovoltaic panels are fixed to the natural slate roof which are used to power lighting and small electrical items. Under floor heating ensures the space is kept at a comfortable temperature for those using it. Natural ventilation methods ensure adequate levels of fresh air supply to the room.
Externally, the play surface design was developed with the staff of both wards to ensure fun and useable spaces were created appropriate to the children using them. Within the Oncology area, a planting scheme was been developed to provide sensory displays of colour, scent and texture.
DarntonB3 are also appointed to a framework agreement to provide Architecture to Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
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