Banbridge Health Centre
Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd
Damien Day, Kennedy Fitzgerald
TerraPave® flags, Rimini Textured | Plaza paving, Pepper (Slate) + Salt (Silver) | TerraKerb®
Banbridge Health and Care Centre, which is adjacent to existing Trust Polyclinic and GP services, forms an integral part of a government-funded health village development on the site of the former Banbridge Hospital in County Down.
Respected Belfast practice Kennedy FitzGerald were architects and lead consultants for what has been described as a new, innovative and efficient multi-faceted building model for the delivery of primary and community care that incorporates clinical accommodation for community outpatient treatment, activity and therapy spaces for adult daycare as well as functioning as an admin centre for Trust healthcare.
Accommodation is planned around central courtyards and glazed circulation to maximise natural lighting and ventilation, while an atrium provides a heart to the building and establishes visual and physical connections between all four building levels.
Kennedy Fitzgerald’s vision was to create a stand-out public realm scheme capable of showcasing the modernity of the state-of-the-art facilities and services on offer within a contemporary context.
From a hard landscaping perspective, the architects required a range of cost-effective products that would be hardwearing, meet with strict BREEAM requirements and fit perfectly with the aesthetic intent that they had established for the project.
Kennedy Fitzgerald selected TerraPave® in Rimini Textured to help create their desired first impression and deliver a confident, contemporary look and feel for the multi-million pound development. Topping off the entire site, TerraPave® flags were installed on the roof to create a terraced area where patients can relax.
TerraPave® Rimini Textured flags were chosen for their particular characteristics of added foot grip, durability and striking visual appeal. AG’s Plaza paving in Salt (Silver) and Pepper (Slate) was also used in the project as a visual complement to TerraPave®.
Damien Day of Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects commended TerraPave® for fulfilling multiple requirements during the development.
“It’s really the balance of affordability with the quality of the product that was behind our choice in selecting it, and what’s especially important to us is the BRE rating. Aesthetically it’s a product that matched our vision for the project – essentially, it’s a quality product and an affordable one.”
Kennedy Fitzgerald was obliged to meet BREEAM excellence standards for the project, which was enabled by using AG’s A-rated TerraPave® and Plaza products. Banbridge Health and Care Centre was a winner in the 2016 RIBA Northern Ireland Regional Awards.
“It’s really the balance of affordability with the quality of the product that was behind our choice in selecting it, and what’s especially important to us is the BRE rating. Aesthetically it’s a product that matched our vision for the project. Essentially, it’s a quality product and an affordable one.”
Quotes by Damien Day | Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects