IBI Nightingale’s community hospital rises from floods

The new Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre in northwest England has been serving local residents since January,

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March 16, 2014

The new Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre in northwest England, designed by IBI Nightingale, has been serving local residents since January, signaling recovery within the community after a devastating flood.

In November 2009, Derwent and Cocker rivers banks burst, flooding Cockermouth in Cumbria, a county in the Lake District, damaging homes, businesses and their local hospital.

“As the extent of the damage was assessed, NHS Cumbria took the opportunity to review its health provision,” said Justin Harris, Architect and Studio Director at IBI Nightingale. “This strategy inspired the new build to be designed to provide a 21st century environment for patients, families and staff.”

Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre is close to the town centre in the heart of Cumbria. With views of the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, and historic Cockermouth Castle, the building is accessible and therapeutic, promoting an integrated healthcare model.

“The families have had nothing but positive comments about the new hospital ward,” said Andrea Hendren, Ward Sister for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. “The patients have settled in well and staff on the ward have said it’s a lovely environment, just like working in a private clinic.”

Designed and delivered in collaboration with eLIFT Cumbria Limited and Head Tenant Community Health Partnerships, new building promotes collaborative working between the different departments, through the use of flexible, multi-functional spaces–housing GP and dental practices, together with imaging and in-patient facilities.

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