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Ballymena Health and Care Centre (HCC)

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Healthcare
  • Project Name:
    Ballymena Health and Care Centre (HCC)
  • Client:
    Northern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Location:
    Cushendall Rd, Ballymena, Co.Antrim, BT43 6HB, N.I.
  • Architect:
    Keppie Design and Hoskins Architects

Project Overview

The new award winning centre brings together a wide range of services in a modern, accessible, one-stop facility. GP services, selected acute outpatient and diagnostic services and a large number of multidisciplinary teams will be available under one roof.

As part of a planned programme of health and care centre developments that will support the implementation of ‘Transforming Your Care’, the new Centre allows people to live independently for longer in their own homes, promotes good health, reduces unnecessary hospitalisation, improves chronic disease management and allows for early diagnosis and treatment. 

Located on the existing Braid Valley Hospital site, the facility includes services such as; Rehabilitation and diagnostic services, such as (physiotherapy, podiatry and community dental), a Children’s Department, 6 General Practitioner Practices, GP Out of Hours Service, an Acute Outpatient Clinics, Mental Health Clinics and Boots pharmacy.

The 9,000m² separates the clinical departments across two floors which are organised around the main arrival space, an internal atrium, and an open courtyard that clearly orientates the building users to the different departments and allows natural daylight and ventilation to reach the large number of cellular spaces that make up each department.

Office accommodation is situated on the third floor of the building, located around the atrium below the undulating roof.

On the third floor staff office accommodation is located around the atrium below the undulating roof. The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating while its brick finish provides a public presence in the community.

Key Features

  • Excellent BREEAM rating 
  • One-stop facility
  • Largest Health & Care Centre in Northern Ireland
  • Brings together six local GP practices
  • Central atrium
  • Outpatient & mental departments
  • 3 storey building
  • Courtyard
  • Roof is a series of monopitches in a saw-tooth arrangement, of steel frame construction supporting a standing seam metal roof cladding
  • Facilities include; office accommodation, children’s department, 6 general practitioner practices, GP out of hours service, an acute outpatient clinics, mental health clinics & Boots pharmacy. 

Testimonials

  • I just wish we could build 10 more of these centres. Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells
  • The centre is a much needed brand new facility which will dramatically improve the provision and delivery of health care and social services in Ballymena and throughout the Trust area. Chief Executive of the Northern Health Trust, Dr Tony Stevens
  • By providing services in one area in the community closer to where people live they will be able to live independently for longer in their own homes and reduce unnecessary hospitalisation as outlined in the Transforming Your Care report. Assistant Director of Capital Development Northern Trust, Alison Renfrew
  • We look forward to the opening of this brand new centre which will bring a wide range of health and care services together that will ultimately benefit patients and promote good outcomes for patients, families and their carers. Northern Local Commissioning Group Chair, Laurence O’Kane
  • From our first contact with OHMG we had nothing but positivity and good humour, the tour of the site was very informative and particularly helpful to less experienced members of our group who's site experience is still quite limited, It was immediately apparent that the site was well organised and the build quality of a very high standard. RIBA Director, BPN Architects, Richard Newman, on tour of Ballymena Health and Care Centre.

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