Mansfield Community Hospital becomes a new landmark for the local community
The redeveloped Mansfield Community Hospital, designed by SHCA, is located near the town centre of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and, in direct response to the client brief, has been developed as a landmark for the community it serves. A key factor in the position of the building was to provide ease of access for both pedestrians and vehicles, integrating the building seamlessly into the surrounding community.
The new main entrance building contains a café, patient information centre, and administration centre. The building and related exterior entrance courtyard provides a new public arrival point. The entrance building is an additional focal point within this courtyard and acts as the new centre for the whole of the facility. It also allowed the second client aim of re-organising the internal planning of the existing hospital (refurbished under this contract), positioning outpatients directly behind the new entrance, and rationalising key facilities, wards, consulting and treatment rooms to make better sense of the internal flow of the building. Directions and access to all departments are now clarified from the new entrance and the geometry acts to emphasise the new building’s role as a hub between the hospital and the community.
Building expansion elsewhere on the site streamlines clinical functions in an effort to improve the quality of patient experience. These additions include a specialist rehabilitation centre, physical therapy department and outpatient services centre. In addition, extensive renovation of the existing wards within the hospital has been completed to fully integrate the interior environment of the existing hospital with the new developments. This project of over 10,000 sq m in total was integral to the overall strategy of transforming the health delivery system for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mansfield District Primary Care Trust as part of a larger PFI.