MAAP designs Roseberry Park hospital in England

Roseberry Park, a new build 312 bed mental health 'village' at the St Luke’s Hospital site in Middlesbrough, England, features a host of clustered accommodations arranged around courtyards.

Designed by the UK-based medical architecture practice MAAP, the new hospital’s design focuses on individual patient experience. It breaks down the accommodation into a number of ‘houses’ arranged around large activity gardens and courtyards to create an architecture of enclosure without fences. The resultant environments encourage use of outdoor space.

The hospital is designed to offer a unique appearance as an art gallery with a series of giant landscapes of local landmark, Roseberry Topping, by the acclaimed photographer, Joe Cornish. A lot of striking images of landscapes are displayed throughout the hospital. A series of inspirational and serene pieces of artwork created by 13 artists also adorn the hospital.

The facility also features a steel ribbon of words illustrating the poetry of Carolyn Jess Cooke, which spans throughout the gardens, hallways and courtyards. All these artistic features create an atmosphere of a university rather than of a psychiatric hospital.

The facility houses cafe, day rooms with a multi-faith area, and a range of bespoke bird boxes on the exterior walls. The scheme also provides new offices and facilities management accommodation. The office and tribunal suite accommodation is designed with stack-effect driven natural ventilation and optimum floor plate depths to reduce energy consumption.

The GBP75 million ($115.3 million approx) Roseberry Park is the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust's flagship development in Middlesbrough. The new Roseberry Park mental health hospital will replace the existing outdated accommodation and also draw together onto one site several other services provided by the trust.

Roseberry Park hospital is built as a part of the government’s finance initiative. John Laing Social Infrastructure led the bid with the UK-based builder Laing O’Rourke and MAAP as medical planner and architect for this large mental health re-provision project. John Laing is a UK developer, owner and operator of housing, property and infrastructure.

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