DKS Architects have been commissioned by the local NHS Trust to explore potential designs for a new healthcare building on an existing Business Park in North Yorkshire. The building aims to create a central Mental Health Resource Centre ('hub') to provide both staff accommodation and clinical facilities for specialist community mental health services for older people and people with learning difficulties.
The building will centralise a number of community teams along with an appropriate level of space for clinical activities and management functions.
Design tools and ‘BIM’ authoring software used on the project have enabled stakeholders to engage in the design process from a very early stage, being able to ‘fly’ around the building in glorious 3D and even collaborate on the project from remote locations. Such activity has helped maximise stakeholders’ involvement in the design workshops between stakeholders and architectural team and this has added value to the development of the design.