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Ysbyty Alltwen Hospital

IBI Group led the architectural design of this one-of-a-kind, ecologically-integrated health centre located on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

North West Wales NHS Trust
Tremadog, UK
2008 Completed

Beautifully situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in northwest Wales, the Ysbyty Alltwen Hospital is a highly sustainable and naturally therapeutic environment delivering new standards of healthcare for patients and staff. 

The hospital is defined by its outdoor surroundings, and it maintains this relationship between interior and exterior through the use of local stone, white render, and natural timber cladding. Outside views were maximized to make the most of its dramatic setting. The building also uses bio-fuel as a primary natural heating source, designed around an internal winter garden space that enables its natural ventilation and heating systems. 

The repurposed site was formerly used as a rail interchange and ironstone mine. Due to the environmental and ecological sensitivity of the area, the design process was subject to comprehensive consultations with local interest groups to ensure a minimized natural impact before taking its final form over a three-year period. 

Cutting edge medical facilities and amenities dramatically elevate the region’s standard of patient care. Ysbyty Alltwen includes a 30-bed ward, outpatient department, day hospital, minor injury and radiology unit, and a large base for the organization’s community mental health team. 

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Richard Golledge

Studio Principal
Cardiff, UK

Cardiff, UK

Richard Golledge is a qualified architect specialising in education and healthcare design. As a strong team leader, he has managed the design and delivery of projects under various public sector procurement routes and contracts, including the NEC Partnering contract. Richard is experienced in creating specialist learning environments for leading universities. Adept at delivering schemes from master planning to construction, he works closely with stakeholder groups to deliver the strategic vision. He understands how important the built environment is as a marketing tool for attracting students and has demonstrated this by developing a striking scheme at Cardiff University.

In healthcare, Richard has worked on a number of specialist and acute schemes. He works closely with Trusts to provide value for money.
In science, Richard has developed a very good understanding of laboratory planning and research space design, creating buildings that inspired collaboration, productivity and innovation. Richard has also been heavily involved in IBI’s ‘Four Labs Four Cities’ research project, a comparative study to define best practice features within laboratory spaces.

Richard graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, where he was awarded the Edward Loveluck Travelling Scholarship 2002. His experience also includes work in the residential sector, where he won a Regional RIBA Award for a one-off house in Malmesbury. His innovative approach to design has been supported by his keen interest in research and development.

In 2009, Richard was selected by the Design Commission for Wales, Royal Society of Architects Wales and the WSA to exhibit his work at the ‘Reflecting Wales 09:09’ exhibition which showcased work of the best of emerging architects in Wales. In 2010, Richard exhibited at the National Eisteddfod in Wales.

"This new hospital … will enable us to deliver the highest standards of healthcare to the community. This site is one of the most stunning hospital locations in Wales and the design provides a truly therapeutic environment for patients and staff by exploiting this dramatic setting with minimal impact."

Martin Jones
Chief Executive
North West Wales NHS Trust Ysbyty Alltwen