This innovative new health complex is the first of its kind and is part of a new generation of health infrastructure that enables out-of-hospital care. Designed to transform the lives of the elderly while relieving the burden on acute hospitals, it will provide local treatment and care to help residents keep fit and well whilst living in their own homes. This building marks a new direction in NHS policy, which aims to treat an increasingly elderly population more efficiently and with little disruption to their daily lives. As well as NHS services, the complex incorporates a new fire station for Humberside Fire and Rescue, who also cater for patients who slip and fall. This reflects the “One Public Estate” model, with public agencies pooling resources to realise a new campus where the whole delivers much more than the sum of its parts.

The £10m facility is sited on vacant school land in an area often deprived of investment, creating a new civic landmark that is a source of pride for the local community. The design is uncompromisingly modern, despite using a limited palette of materials and components. Features such as the oriel window draw the eye and communicate a structure and order to the linear form.

The generous public realm segregates traffic and provides a boulevard and garden spaces which encourage mobility. By organising the welcoming point at the heart of the low rise building, all the clinical and support functions are nearby and accessible. The planning logic of interspersing clinical and public spaces fosters a sense of reassurance and wellbeing. This is central to the experience of patients, staff and visitors in their journey from diagnosis to treatment and therapy.

East Hull, UK

Primary Care / Integrated Care / Health and Social Care

Citycare, NHS Hull CCG and Community Hleath Partnerships

Lead Consultant


Completed June 2018

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