Dumfries and Galloway Acute Mental Health Unit, now known as Midpark Hospital, is NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s mental health facility for in-patient care.
One of the first projects to be completed through Framework Scotland it is one of the most sustainable healthcare buildings in the UK, rated as the best performing healthcare buildings at BREEAM’s 25th annual awards.
Midpark Hospital’s BREEAM assessment also placed it in the top 1% of NHS Scotland properties for energy performance, receiving an Energy Performance Certificate ‘A’ rating.
The hospital was constructed on a site which had a 14-metre drop, and is stepped over three levels creates single-storey accommodation with landscaped gardens for each ward.
It provides six wards and 85 beds in a modern, stable and secure environment for patients requiring specialist care. The high levels of daylighting and views out into the gardens and landscape, help to optimise the health and wellbeing of all patients and staff. There is evidence that the quality and quantity of light have major impacts on human body. In a healthcare facility, patients, visitors, and staff are mostly exposed to artificial light.
The project uses a district energy system fuelled by biomass for heating and domestic hot water production.
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