Chesterfield Royal Hospital approached the Manser Practice to design a new building that could combine their existing, dated and fragmented cancer services into a purpose-built oncology centre, capturing spectacular views of the Derbyshire landscape.
The design brief was to create a calm, non-clinical environment that would be much more than just a typical hospital department while maintaining a high quality healthcare environment, both internally and externally.
Our first challenge was to produce a brief to integrate both the Oncology, Haematology and Palliative care departments into one building. We worked intensively with all the departments to define the care pathways and a combined timetable to identify an efficient yet adequate number of key clinical rooms. We then took this brief and tested it against a series of potential locations around the site to identify the best location.
The selected location requires a predominantly new build structure, linked to the main hospital via a glazed bridge. Patients, their friends and family enter the centre through a beautifully landscaped garden and into an informal lounge area, hosted by Macmillan, where information and support is available. The main treatment areas are located on the first floor, offering patients superb views out over the surrounding countryside.