State of the art £17m Altrincham Hospital nears completion


Pochin Construction, a North West based construction firm, are currently in the final snagging phases of completing the highly anticipated 75,000 sq ft Altrincham Hospital. The hospital is a 6 storey concrete framed build, containing an assortment of services that will replace those at the existing hospital, less than 200 meters away. 

The site was previously comprised of a row of disused and dilapidated shop units, with green land space behind. In building the hospital, every possible square meter available of space has been used in the scheme, transforming the once underused site into a hub of regeneration.

Major construction work began in March 2013, with the traditional topping out ceremony taking place in May 2014. External ground works, including a bin store, parking bays and patient drop off points have recently been completed. Re-rendering works are currently underway to the rear elevation of the hospital, however disruption shall be mitigated to car park users of the multi-storey Total Fitness car park.

Haemodialysis suites on the second floor have been operational since 6th April 2015. The remainder of the hospital is set to open on Monday 27th April 2015.

Patient haemodialysis areas will become fully operational next week. Patients will be transferred from the existing hospital along with the required nurses, staff and equipment. Following this, the remainder of the hospital is expected to be open to the public near the end of April.

From the Architect, AHR Architects - 
"The design of the new hospital is in the form of a natural stone faced multi-storey building (from 3 to 5 stories) and incorporates a variety of services including x-ray, haemodialysis, audiology, outpatients and physiotherapy."

Key Medical Services:
  • Haemodialysis 
  • X-ray Theatres 
  • Minor Injuries Unit
  • Out-Patient Consultation
  • Treatment Rooms
  • Audiology Booth
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood Testing Services
Sustainable and Environmental Features
A number of key environmentally friendly technologies has enabled the hospital to achieve an 'very good' BREEAM rating, the industry recognised standard for the design and assessment of sustainable developments. This award was achieved by incorporating a green sedum roof, a bank of state of the art photovoltaic panels and high quality construction methods, which include the use of high density insulation board and double glazed curtain walling sections.

Key Facts:
Budget: £17million
Floor Area: 75,000 sq ft
Principal Contractor: Pochin Construction
Architect: AHR Architects
Structural Engineer: Capita

Further redevelopments are also currently underway in the area, with the regeneration of the Goose Green Square. Civil Engineering contractor Cooney's are laying the foundations, drainage and main structural elements for the scheme. The derelict Blooms building could also be transformed into a Morrison's Local store, if planning permission permits the scheme.

Cite this article:
"State of the art £17m Altrincham Hospital nears completion" 3/16/2015. ArchitectWeekly. Accessed .