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Cefn Coed Intermediate Care Unit and Swansea Building Control

Interserve Health Wales worked collaboratively with Clinical representatives to improve, through innovation, the model of Care that the ABMU required for the elderly mentally ill within their own community.

Cefn Coed Intermediate Care Unit
Building at night
Courtyard area
Internal corridor
One of the elliptical ward buildings
Blue Room
Cefn Coed Intermediate Care Unit
Building at night
Courtyard area
Internal corridor
One of the elliptical ward buildings
Blue Room

Swansea Building Control was selected as a composite part of the project team.  The innovative design concept by Boyes Rees Architects revolved around application of a Wandering Loop.

This design layout dictated the plan of three 20 bed elliptical ward buildings linked with a shared core.  Building Control played a prominent role in the design and construction quality process.  Elements of the facility was the design of a Snoezelen room - a high technology calm room which relaxes patients through modern mediums of sensory light, noise and visual applications. 

The innovative design concept revolved around the application of a Wandering Loop.  The patient's walk along the wandering loop, or participate in activities off the loop and the importance of the calming experience of nature along the walk, provide the central force behind the building form.  The courtyards provide a safe space for therapy, strengthening the healing capacity of the internal spaces.  The construction team planned in detail the engineering and construction methodology for such geometrically involved designs.

The proof of this level of collaboration was evident when erecting the three elliptical steel frames onto pre-drilled holding down bolts which was completed without the need for remedial works.  Elements of the facility was the design of a Snoezelen room - a high technology calm room which relaxes patients through modern mediums of sensory light, noise and visual applications.

Cefn Coed Intermediate Care Unit won both the Best Community/ Healthcare Building and the Best Technical Innovation Project at the Swansea Building Excellence Awards 2013.

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