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The Montefiore Hospital

IBI Group provided architecture and interior design services for the careful remodeling and extension of a Victorian storehouse into a world-class private health facility with a unique identity.


Client
Spire Healthcare (Montefiore House Ltd. Joint Venture)
Location
Brighton, UK
Very Good BREEAM
77,952 sq ft Size
2012 Completed

Originally designed by Clayton & Black in 1899, No. 2 Montefiore Road was a furniture depository built for Hanningtons, a local department store. The building’s condition, size and location appealed to Spire Healthcare, who commissioned IBI Group to conduct a feasibility study that demonstrated the project’s viability and how the neo-classical building could be transformed into a 21st century private hospital. Acting as both architect and lead consultant, the IBI design team followed a two-stage traditional procurement route that ensured design quality was not compromised, despite a fast-moving programme.

A considered restoration of the façade sought to retain the building’s original charm and yet incorporates a modern glazed entrance that would draw patients and visitors into the foyer. Inside, the hospital has a spacious and uplifting feel, with a serene atmosphere created through thoughtfully selected colour, artwork, texture and lighting. This tone is augmented through two audio-visual art installations by musician and artist, Brian Eno.

Greeted by a bamboo-framed reception, patients are then directed through wide corridors to consultation rooms or to diagnostics. Located on the first floor are 21 stylish, ensuite bedrooms, enhanced by bespoke bed-heads and distinctive semicircle windows that flood each room with daylight. The second floor accommodates three naturally lit laminar flow operating theatres, with a chemotherapy suite located on the lower ground floor opening onto a landscaped courtyard.

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Special Commendation

2013

Healthcare Sector Awards,
By World Architecture News

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Green Apple Award

2013

Built Environment and Architectural Heritage,
By The International Green Apple Awards

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Best Refurbishment

2012

By Acumen Commercial Property Awards

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“It is a real honour to have our project recognized, particularly in this city where there is so much innovative development going on. It is testament to the skills of our architect, IBI Group, who has done the almost impossible task of creating a modern, efficient, fit-for-purpose hospital out of a structure that was built in a time when electric lights were considered to be cutting-edge technology."

Andy Wood
Hospital Director
The Montefiore Hospital

“To get this rating (BREEAM Very Good) in a new build is challenging but in a building that is over a hundred years old and was never intended for anything other than storage is exceptional. The challenges they have overcome are jaw-dropping."

Tony Mernagh
Executive Director
Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership