High performance windows, doors and curtain walling by CMS Window Systems have helped to deliver the extensive new Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary – a 63,500 sq. m ‘Garden Hospital’ designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of the region's population.
Designed collaboratively by Ryder and NBBJ for High Wood Health consortium and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, the new £212 m hospital located on the outskirts of Dumfries provides 344 beds, day case and inpatient surgical suites, an emergency care centre, ambulatory care centre, specialist oncology, maternity and paediatric facilities. It is described as the ‘Garden Hospital’ to reflect its pastoral setting and 17 courtyards, which aims to provide an uplifting, therapeutic and person-centred environment.
The building form and choice of materials reflect its rural setting with optimised views and natural daylight. The contemporary facade design references both the rural stone buildings of the area and patterns derived from the surrounding forest. The design considers the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors as critical to the success of the new hospital. The interior design strategy continues the welcoming and pleasing theme of the exterior by defining and unifying a hierarchy of spaces, each with their own distinct needs. The main entrance atrium is a civic space filled with light with a clear and welcoming reception.
It is the first hospital in Scotland with all single rooms, giving patients a more private and practical space to receive the necessary treatment and recover. Eight ergonomically designed operating theatres are equipped with £30m worth of state of the art equipment.
CMS Window Systems were awarded the main windows, doors and curtain walling contract by the main contractor. This £5.0m aluminium fenestration brief involved the complete fabrication and installation of more than 420 windows, 35 stand-alone doors and curtain walling covering more than 8,000 sq. m.
With a strong track record in the construction of healthcare facilities throughout Scotland and an approved Kawneer systems fabricator, CMS was ideally positioned to deliver on the client’s vision for a new kind of hospital. The company manufactured all the windows and doors using the Kawneer AA720 system finished in a range of single and dual colour PPC as well as anodised coatings. Ensuring the perfect balance of superb aesthetics and thermal performance, this 72mm profile incorporates extruded polyamide and patented thermal breaks, insulated centre seals, foam isolators and foam core insulation.
The curtain walling was manufactured using the Kawneer mullion drained AA100 system with a portion provided using the SSG Silicone Pointed version of this system. This design allows glazing of the curtain walling to be achieved without the use of visible face caps, giving an aesthetically pleasing appearance with flush glazing to the exterior.
Commenting on the project, Stephen Anderson, Aluminium Contracts Director at CMS Window Systems says: “We’re delighted to have played a key part in this major new healthcare project which looks set to benefit thousands of people in Dumfries & Galloway every year and provide an outstanding working environment for the staff. The design achieves the goal of creating a ‘healing environment’ extremely well, with our windows making an important contribution by enabling optimum natural light whilst helping maintain a comfortable, energy efficient internal climate.”
Operating from its HQ and main production facility near Glasgow, CMS Window Systems is one of the leading UK designers, manufacturers and installers of windows, doors and curtain walling. The company employs more than 245 people and serves customers across the UK in the social housing, private housebuilding, commercial, education and healthcare sectors.