- Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Cirencester Hospital
Working directly for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Quattro and the Project Team were tasked with completing the ward refurbishment of the Community Hospital at Cirencester Hospital in time to relieve winter bed pressures, whilst improving patient care and encouraging better working practice through design.
Working collaboratively with the trust, the wider members of the Design Team and the main Contractor, we were able to deliver the ward refurbishment within an extremely tight timescale. Following the stripping back of the ward to its main structure, we uncovered a number of design challenges, typical of a refurbishment project. Drawing upon our considerable knowledge of designing inpatient facilities in existing buildings, we were successful in overcoming these challenges and creating a more flexible ward with improved dignity and privacy.
Through thoughtful consideration for the location of support spaces, we were also able to reduce the “traveling” distances for staff, creating a more effective and efficient space. The project proved to be a great success, providing an environment to better support patient recovery and healing and facilitating much improved working conditions and practices for staff.