Largest new classical building in Britain for over 50 years now complete on the Northampton skyline
Commissioned by St Andrew's Hospital, William Wake House is a 20,000 plus sq m hospital unit that has been was designed by Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture with health-building experts, Oxford Architects. The new residential, mental-health facility was completed in October 2010 - a dramatic new classical building to the Northampton skyline.
This is the first phase of the Cliftonville site development providing a modern purpose-built healthcare building close to the perimeter of the existing hospital campus. It has been designed with courtyards and internal spaces, and provides facilities which aid treatment and rehabilitation while offering an appropriate level of safety and security within the building design.
Robert Adam designed the outer form and façade of the building in keeping with the original hospital buildings, designed by George Wallet in 1835. Adam coordinated his architectural designs within the over-all planning, functional and technical work of Oxford Architects. The completed building is an example of how different architectural expertise can be successfully coordinated to provide a unique and highly functional design.
The 170 metre long principal elevations are broken up into a series of individual pavilions reflecting the organisation of the internal plan. The external walls are in stucco and stone with a slate roof. Interior courtyards are designed with simplified classical detailing in two colours of brick. The windows are metal to provide a high level of security. The public entrance has a powerful stone façade featuring a large rusticated semi-circular window. The user's entrance has an unusual tall glazed portico that looks out over the town from an elevated position.