The £21.6m ‘Project Arizona’ is a scheme to construct a new building housing both clinical and non-clinical accommodation with a neuro-rehabilitation unit, outpatient department, clinical trials facility and pain management clinic.
The new centre is part of a five year plan to provide more services to patients with brain and spine conditions. The project is scheduled to start next year, with completion in autumn 2014.
The new stand-alone building will be located on the north east corner of the Aintree/Walton NHS campus.
Working with architects Gilling Dod, and using Passivhaus principles, Interserve’s approach to this project is to use materials and processes that will make the finished building as energy efficient as possible. Methods include insulation with superior u values, reducing thermal bridging and improving air permeability.
Interserve considered prefabricated, hybrid and traditional approaches and then demonstrated to the client that a hybrid solution offered best value for money. Intersvere said that its hybrid solution would accelerate encapsulation of the building, minimise site deliveries and reduce storage areas on the confined site, all with less site labour.
Interserve’s option appraisal also worked out how to free up space for a third party tenant, potentially creating additional revenue for the hospital.
“This is the biggest building project we have undertaken since The Walton Centre opened, and it will make a huge difference to our patients and our staff,” said the trust’s chief executive, Dr Liz Mear. “It will help us in our aims of providing innovative, caring services and carrying out pioneering research to advance our knowledge of neuroscience. The building programme will provide much-needed extra beds and operating space.”
The scheme’s project manager, Steve Jenkins, of Turner and Townsend, added: “Interserve's approach has been organised and controlled. The way the evolving design/costs have developed to include the additional requirements, whilst still maintaining the original programme intent, has been first class."