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Ty Garngoch and Swansea Building Control

The development is part of the 'Reshaping Mental Health Services in Swansea' programme and is intended to provide twenty first century facilities for patients, visitors and staff throughout the County.

Ty Garngoch
Exterior shot of Ty Garngoch
Outside area
Ty Garngoch
Exterior shot of Ty Garngoch
Outside area

The facility is an integrated community mental health team base for older adults, with outpatient, memory clinic and day hospital facilities, as well as providing a new base for the local branch of the Alzheimer's Society. 

The design provides a pleasant homely environment for all parties. The large day room with its high vaulted ceiling and sliding folding walls provides an ideal space with flexible use for various activities to take place. The day room opens onto a partially covered south terrace with a seating area at the front of the building. The east and west wings overlook the landscaped courtyard garden with a therapeutic wandering pathway and patio area for the patients. Other facilities include consulting rooms, therapy and treatment rooms, offices and a café/reception area.

A unique fire management and operational strategy plan was developed by EPT Partnership in conjunction with Swansea Building Control and ABMU Health Board, to overcome the specific operational needs of the end users.

Environmental sustainability was a fundamental consideration throughout the development with the building achieving a design stage BREEAM 'Excellent' rating with a score of 72%.  Some of the key sustainable design features include a highly insulated envelope constructed from renewable materials with Green Guide A or A+ ratings, energy efficient heating, lighting and power systems, water saving measures and recycling provisions.

Ty Garngoch was also one of the first developments in the UK to install highly sustainable GRP windows.  These windows have high thermal properties, high durability, require zero maintenance and are 100% recyclable.  The GRP windows are also one of the first glazing systems to achieve a BREEAM A rating in the Green Guide to Specification.

Ty Garngoch won the Best Sustainability Award at the Swansea Building Excellence Awards 2013.

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