Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre

IBI Group designed the new Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre, providing primary community health and social care for the Cockermouth Community. The new facility provides the best treatment and support close to people’s own homes, while promoting collaborative work between the different departments through the use of flexible, multi-functional spaces.


Client
eLIFT Cumbria Ltd.
Location
Cockermouth, UK
Excellent BREEAM
£11 million Construction Value
3,952 m2 Area
2013 Completed

Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre provides primary community health and social care for the Cockermouth Community. As lead architects, IBI Group designed the layout of the new building to promote collaborative working between the different departments through the use of flexible, multi-functional spaces. This design reflects the client’s aspiration to promote a holistic healthcare model.

The building is set on the edge of town, with views over the Cumbria landscape, meaning the building design had to mediate between the natural landscape and the neighbouring houses. This theme is picked up in the generous external landscaping, which mixes native broadleaf trees and drifts of wildflower, with formal box hedges and ornamental trees. Whilst the building has been designed in a contemporary style, the form and materials reflect the local vernacular.

The facility has been designed around the patient experience and the processes needed to deliver modern health care. This approach can be seen when first entering the building, where visitors and patients are greeted by banks of self-check-in terminals, together with hosting staff. The need for hosts, dedicated to supporting the patient experience, was identified from the ‘Lean’ analysis, and replaces the traditional enclosed reception with its focus on administrative activities.

Services across health organisations have been co-located to the new building in order to improve access for the local community and enable multiple organisations to work closely together.

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Best Completed Design

2014

By Architects for Health Design Awards

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UK Green Champion

2014

By Green Apple Awards

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Commendation

2014

By Cockermouth & District Civic Trust

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Everyone should be proud of their achievements in working together in partnership to deliver such a fantastic facility.

Gary Naylor
eLIFT Cumbria

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.

Andrea Hendren
Ward Sister
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust