When the NHS Chesterfield Royal Hospital commissioned a separate and dedicated cancer outpatient facility, the brief to architects The Manser Practice was to create a comfortable, modern and welcoming clinical environment in which the design would contribute to the therapeutic ambience of the space.
The new £10 million NGS MacMillan Unit offers an optimum range of treatment, testing and care facilities over two storeys, and features an impressive ventilated façade made from Corian® – the versatile and sophisticated design surface that is increasingly specified for the exterior skin of buildings.
Guy Barlow, the project architect says, “The use of Corian® internally in buildings is well known in various forms, from work surfaces, to joinery cladding and even lighting. Corian® is one of a very small palette of materials used on the project, and it makes an elegant link to both internal and external spaces. Technically, it can be thermoformed and jointed, allowing curves to be introduced and corners mitred.
“A further advantage is the ability to laser cut artwork for areas such as the vent panels and the detailing of the louvres, while its subtle translucency lends a softness, particularly at night when light falls across it. It is also a hygienic material that is easy to clean and maintain.”
The façade was created by expert Corian® Industrial Partners, Unique Fabrications. Corian® sponsors a RIBA approved CPD seminar on Solid Surfaces for Rainscreen Facades – to book call 0800 962 116.