NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

An elegant, high-performance Corian® facade for the new NGS Macmillan Unit at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Architect/Designer: The Manser Practice
Contractor:
Fabricator: Unique Fabrications
Product(s) used: Corian® Glacier White
Photography: Hufton+Crow

The new £10 million NG Unit offers an optimum range of treatment, testing and care facilities over two storeys, and features an impressive ventilated façade made from Corian® the versatile and sophisticated design surface that is increasingly specified for the exterior skin of buildings.

Total integration

Guy Barlow, the project architect says, “Corian® is one of a very small palette of materials used on the project, and it makes an elegant link to both internal and external spaces. Technically, it can be thermoformed and jointed, allowing curves to be introduced and corners mitred. A further advantage is the ability to laser cut artwork for areas such as the vent panels and the detailing of the louvres, while its subtle translucency lends a softness, particularly at night when light falls across it. It is also a hygienic material that is easy to clean and maintain.”

Unique Fabrications MD Greg Beaver explains, “We worked closely with The Manser Practice, and Corian® distributors CDUK, on CAD drawings and a mock-up, and to reassure with all key safety and fire rating certifications from standard testing. Over 1,000 square metres of Corian® in a 12mm thickness in Glacier White was applied.”

Combining form and function

Simon Towers, Communications Advisor for the Chesterfield Royal, says, “This new unit brings all services together, making it easier for patients and more efficient for staff. The difference is enormous! The team are delighted with results and the building looks fantastic inside and out. Having a pristine exterior that is also easy to maintain, and even repair if needed, will help to keep the new building looking clean and fresh.”

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NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital