St Catherines Health Centre

We were appointed as a major works package contractor.

The 11,100 sq. m four storey health centre was commissioned by NHS Wirral in the grounds of the existing eight acre St Catherines Hospital site, to sustainably meet the health and social care needs of the local population. The vision for St Catherine’s Health Centre was to create an exciting, ground-breaking and sustainable design which would radically transform an area in great need of regeneration.

The project delivery strategy enabled the trust to continue delivering its services with little disruption. Placing the new facility at the centre of the site allowed construction to be staged, optimised space available, improved accessibility and provided flexibility for potential expansion.

Redeveloping the old St Catherine’s Hospital site was always about more than replacing century old buildings. It was an opportunity to help regenerate an entire community, enhance the surrounding environment and deliver a prestigious health facility.

Client Organisation
Wirral NHS

Sector
Education

Location(s)
Birkenhead, Merseyside

Contract Type
Construction of NHS mental health centre

Start/end dates
Nov-10/Jul-13

Contract Value(s)
£493k

St Catherines Church

This listed Grade 2 Church has been hidden behind a dilapidated wall which was demolished with new landscaping thus opening up access. Church attendance figures have increased with the improved parking and amenity space. Work was done closely with the Birkenhead Historical Society and the local community, a number of important historical features such as the original Victorian horse and cart entrance has been retained for use as a pedestrian entrance.

In addition to challenging brief, which was to encompass new care services, an operational site, new public space and the existing church, the project demonstrates a new benchmark in timescales for a development of this size. Working in partnership with the community, end user, contractor and developers allowed planning to be achieved in a short timescale and formulation of a robust deign to a BREEAM “excellent” rating.