Second phase of £335million ‘super hospital’ opened to public
The £335m Greater Peterborough Health Investment Plan, designed by healthcare architects Nightingale Associates and Tribal Healthcare planners, has reached a second major milestone with the completion of its City Care Centre (pictured) and Cavell Centre (mental health unit). The state-of-the-art new facilities have been handed over to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and opened to the public on May 18th.
The new City Care Centre has been built on the Peterborough District Hospital site off Thorpe Road in Peterborough's city centre. The two-storey primary care health centre contains a wide range of departments including minor illnesses and minor injuries, outpatients, imaging, children’s development unit, CAMHS and respite on the ground floor and intermediate care, therapy and administration on its first floor.
Key features of the building are the sweeping rendered curved blocks with accentuating timber pressurised laminate panels, coloured rendered panels, and overhanging roofs. These sweeping blocks and the central linear element enclose four tranquil landscaped courtyards. A protruding rotunda signifies the main entrance, which leads directly into a double-height concourse area lit by two large rooflights and glazed curtain walling. The main departments are accessed from this central concourse and a feature staircase provides access to a balcony refectory area and first floor departments.
Departments within the building have been designed to maximise daylight and views onto landscaped gardens and courtyards. The building aims to become a landmark feature for Peterborough and a reflection of CPFT’s aspirations to provide the best healthcare facilities for the community.