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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.

eLIFT Cumbria Ltd.
Cockermouth, UK
Excellent BREEAM
3,952 sq m 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


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UK Green Champion


By Green Apple Awards

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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.

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.

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