Healthcare Sector successes in 2020
31 March 2020
2020 has begun well for the Healthcare Sector at DKA despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The year started with our appointment on an exciting new healthcare project working with Kier and NHS Wiltshire CCG and NHS Property Services to provide a new facility in Devizes.
It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted in the next few months with a view to work starting on site towards at the end of the year. Building completion is pencilled in for early 2022. While the scheme is being readied for the planning application, the DKA Healthcare Team are working closely (via video-messaging, of course) with the clinical teams who will operate the building to agree the layouts and equipment provision within each room.
DKA have also recently seen the completion of another of our healthcare projects; the refurbishment of the Organic Wing at Pyrland House on the Wellsprings Hospital site in Taunton. This project has seen the transformation of the existing ward – which has a focus on caring for patients suffering from dementia – from being dark, poorly-lit and outdated into a bright and fresh facility (CGI pictured right).
The scheme – which provided all rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a dedicated de-escalation suite, new multi-function room and a much bigger staff base – has opened up areas of the ward to bring in more natural light and has been redecorated throughout.
Although DKA has a wealth of experience in creating dementia-friendly environments, this was our first project in a while that was for a dedicated Mental Health facility. The staff are very pleased with the results.
There have been no shortage of opportunities for other healthcare projects so far this year and we at DKA are optimistic about being able to share more of these developments in the near future.