Rye Day Care Centre
Client: Rye Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital Limited
The construction of Rye Day Care Centre nears completion (Summer 2020) on behalf of our client, registered charity Rye Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital Limited, with the objective to bring all key elements of day services and carer relief to its overall strategy for integrated care.
Regenerating the site of a former ambulance station adjacent to Rye Memorial Hospital and fronting the main Peasmarsh Road, the new day care facilities will greatly enhance healthcare provision for the wider region.
Designed by local architectural practice Dunn Architects, the centre will offer modern, functional and flexible space for out-of-hospital care that can readily adapt to the changing and ever-evolving needs of its users and the staff managing the facility. The centre is orientated to engage with the external decorative garden and courtyard areas through high use of glazed screens which also maximises natural daylight into the centre.
The building is uniquely zoned into four areas accommodating all the key elements of day care services to form a ‘health hub’ for the local community including space for socialising, activity and therapy as well as vital administrative accommodation. The welcoming, double height reception area doubles up as a café facility and area for physical activity. Externally, parking for 20 cars is provided, screened from the main road by careful hedgerow planting and access to the site is reconfigured and upgraded. Materials used create visual interest and a contemporary feel whilst harmonious to it’s setting.
The centre will be highly sustainable, delivered to a high-quality and designed for energy efficiency to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ through careful use of sustainable technologies (inc. a GSHP) and locally sourced materials.