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Bolton One Wellbeing Centre

Bolton One Wellbeing Centre is a healthcare, leisure and research centre that combines a range of facilities in a single, integrated complex. As Lead Consultant and Architect, IBI Group designed the building around its integrated functionality to serve the needs of three key organisations brought together under one roof.

Eric Wright Group for Bolton Rochdale Heywood and Middleton LIFT, NHS Bolton, University of Bolton, Bolton Council
Bolton, UK
Excellent BREEAM
13,250 m2 Area
2012 Completion

Bolton One Wellbeing Centre is designed to reflect its civic importance and leverage its leading edge approach to the provision of multiple services under one roof. The building serves the needs of three organisations; the NHS, Bolton Council and the University of Bolton. The design strategy developed by IBI acknowledges the individual corporate identity of each organisation, but brings these together as part of a unified solution applied across the building.

IBI Group also led the development and implementation of an arts strategy reflecting the nature of the building and its users as well as its civic importance, including specially commissioned art installations by artists Nicole Heidtke and Stefan Baumberger, and artwork from the University’s public art course.

The goal of the project was to create a shared facility that would serve three client groups, enabling direct integration of services while promoting an inclusive and sustainable facility. Each group is allocated its own identifiable spaces within the building but these are interlinked to enable the sharing of facilities and access.

In use, the building functions as a “one-stop-shop”, catering for a range of needs, but is also a major landmark in the regeneration of Bolton Town Centre.

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Justin Harris

Studio Principal
Rochdale, UK

Rochdale, UK

Justin Harris is an architect with over 20 years of experience in a range of projects. The majority of his work has focused on healthcare and specifically the primary and community care sector. With an interest in innovative healthcare systems, his strength lies in the design and development of complex multi stakeholder projects such as Bolton One, Gorton Community Hub, and Corby Health and Wellbeing Centre.

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

Rochdale, UK

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

“This iconic new building will mark a significant development in our strategy for improving health and health services for Bolton, and we are delighted that it is being delivered through this unique three-way partnership.”

Pam Senior
Chair of NHS Bolton
NHS Bolton

“Bolton One will be a great asset for our students, staff and the entire town. It will also make the University of Bolton a distinctive health learning provider within the university sector. We will be working directly with our Bolton One neighbour NHS Bolton, within the primary care sphere, in a way universities have traditionally worked with hospitals.”

Dr. George Holmes
University of Bolton

“This project has received universal praise of its design and construction allied to the excellent team spirit which has existed throughout the entire procurement process.” “Personally, I think that the design is quite the best we have achieved together.” “The building sits within the existing University complex with both empathy and flair, whilst the elevation to the main thoroughfare is nothing short of inspirational.”

RE Wright
Eric Wright Group Ltd.