A hillside in Malpas with unhindered views of open countryside is the site of a new St Davids hospice, the first to be located in Newport, Wales since 1998.
Providing much needed care and support for patients in and around the community, the £2.9m facility - funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Newport City Council features Reynaers Aluminium systems throughout.
Offering traditional day hospice activities, the purpose built facility also provides childrens support services, bereavement groups, carers groups, a chemotherapy clinic and complementary therapies.
Highly innovative, Reynaers Airmax parallel opening windows are used extensively on the hospice offering highly efficient ventilation and increased airflow. The outward opening units provide for even distribution of air around the complete perimeter of the window while reducing draft and refreshing the internal environment.
Because the parallel opening is restricted to 100mm the safety and security of the building is significantly increased.
Low level runs of Reynaers CW50 curtain walling with inset parallel opening windows optimise maximum light entry into the building. At the same time the system facilitates unhindered views of the pleasant surroundings.
Rated very good by BREEAM standards, the construction of the facility took into account various factors that are particularly crucial to the environment required within a hospice, such as insulation, light entry and positioning, and security.
Designed by KKE, an architecture and landscape design practice specialising in healthcare design, the hospice was built by Opco Construction, who have worked on a string of healthcare related projects with fabricators System Glaze.
Commenting on the project, Paul Duffy, Reynaers Sales Director said: It was especially important to get the combination of windows and curtain walling just right on such a project designed specifically to house a healthcare environment, and this one being for patients with very fragile conditions.
Allowing easy visibility of attractive outside views was an important element of the build to enable patients to appreciate the location and surroundings.