New healthcare project completed for Oxford Trust
DateJune 4, 2014
OXFORD, UK – IBI Nightingale has handed over a new $78-million, state-of-the-art mental health facility to Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The building – officially named the Whiteleaf Centre – is located in Aylesbury, east of Oxford, and will be the new home for the Buckinghamshire mental health services.
The centre provides 80 single inpatient beds with en-suite facilities, split into four wards of 20 beds each. Two wards accommodate older adults – one dementia and one functional – and two wards accommodate adults of working age – one female and one male. The design of the bedrooms safeguards patient privacy and dignity and exceeds current Department of Health standards around single sex accommodation.
“The layout of the building is carefully designed to meet the clinical and emotional needs of the patients, providing a warm, safe, and easily accessible hospital,” said Karen Flatt, Architect on the project. “We carefully considered the combination of natural light, colour, texture, and views as well as access to landscaping, to ensure patients felt they were in a familiar and homely place.”
A Resource Centre houses a number of community-based services, offering a new café and conference room spaces that welcome public use. The building also includes plenty of flexible space so it can respond to the changing needs of the patients and the Trust in the future.
The Trust said: “The Whiteleaf Centre has been designed to provide a welcoming, spacious environment that supports patient recovery and wellbeing. It will provide both inpatient and outpatient facilities designed to the highest standard.”
Environmentally sustainable in design, the hospital aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Katie Endicott, Media Relations
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