AHR has completed a £17 million hospital building in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. The building replaces the original general hospital which had existed in Altrincham since Victorian times.
Commissioned by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the new community hospital spans 6,500m2 over five storeys and provides general and specialist health facilities including a minor injuries unit, radiology, phlebotomy, physiotherapy, a renal haemodialysis unit, and a wide range of outpatient clinics such as ophthalmology and audiology.
The Haemodialysis and Home training Unit is the first in the UK which uses afully automatic dry concentrate acidic dialysis system, enabling in-house dialysate production.
AHR worked to reduce CO2 emissions in the hospital, achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’. The building includes sedum roofing, photovoltaic cells and bio-fuel boilers.
The site bounds a number of local conservation areas. In response, AHR reduced the scale of the building tothe rear and reflected the rhythm and order of adjacent Victorian and Georgian architecture in the front façade.
Helen Revitt, regional director at AHR, said: “This highly prominent and compact site which provided a number of challenges for the design team: from establishing a sympathetic architectural language, to meeting NHS sustainability targets and ensuring clinical relationships work across and between floors and departments.
”Steve Mycio, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art community hospital for Altrincham have finally come to fruition. It provides a modern, high quality healthcare environment where local people have easy access to an expanded range of general and specialist health.”