Ballymena Health and Care Centre is the first major healthcare project that the collaborative architectural team consisting of Hoskins Architects and Keppie Design have delivered for the Northern Health Trust through the PCCI Framework for Northern Ireland Health Estates. The centre opened to the public February 2016.
The 8,000m² centre situated on the existing Braid Valley Hospital site brings together a wide range of primary, intermediary, diagnostic and community health facilities. The clinical departments are split across two floors and organised around the main arrival space: a large internal atrium. The atrium affords views to an open courtyard, which assists the building users’ orientation and allows natural daylight and ventilation to the large number of cellular spaces that make up each department. On the third floor staff office accommodation is located around the atrium beneath the undulating roof. Externally the building is dramatically defined by its saw-tooth roofline, nevertheless sitting peacefully amongst its existing neighbours.
The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating, while its robust and textured brick finish provides a formal public presence in the community and integrates the building into the wider site.