Jigsaw Building Officially Opens at Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The Stride Treglown designed Jigsaw Building, named after the Jigsaw Charity which partially funded the £5.7 million project, has officially opened at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on behalf of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust.

The 21,000 sq.ft building will provide a centre of excellence for women’s health, with leading facilities for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy, as well as cancer and blood disorders. Consulting and exam rooms and admin spaces for staff have also been included in the design.

Located between the Eye Unit and Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics, the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ building provides 2 floors of clinical and ancillary accommodation which is connected to the existing Nucleus hospital template, allowing patients to receive specialist out-patient care in a dedicated building that still forms part of the main hospital area.

With external and internal environments designed to be calming and friendly places where patients can feel at ease, the use of timber effect materials and complementing colours helps provide a domestic feel with a highly clinical finish. The extension is wrapped in variegated colour Trespa cladding on the first floor, punctured with ribbon windows, white brick to the ground floor and an undulated roof form to conceal roof top plant. We worked closely with the Studio-Mode Arts Co-ordinator to procure sympathetic artwork which complimented the interior design and met healthcare regulations.

Revitzo software was trialled during the design process, enabling the user to have complete control and walk around the proposed 3D environment. This was very successful and well received by the medical staff and stakeholders, with the Revit model generated to include all ADB components.

Working within the confines of an existing hospital site is always a challenge, but the design team, client and contractor worked together to reduce the effect of the construction works on the existing staff and patients. This team included the Stride Treglown Healthcare team, Worldwise Mechanical and Electrical Consultants, AKS Ward as Structural and Civil Engineers, BREEAM Consultant’s Henderson Green, and Sound Advice Acoustics Ltd providing Acoustics services.

Jessica Ellis, Architect at Stride Treglown, commented:

“We’ve worked well with the client, design team and the contractor to achieve a striking new out-patients facility for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. It’s been great to work with the Client and the Charity to utilise their money in the best way possible. The outcome will hopefully benefit the local community and provide the latest healthcare technology to patients”