Built on the site of a former hospital and workhouse the Banbridge Health and Care Centre, designed by architects Kennedy FitzGerald in association with Avanti Architects, provides a dramatic break with the site’s past. Built for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, the centre now provides spacious and bright accommodation for patients and staff that maintains a close connection to the surrounding landscaping.
A key objective of the development was to provide a stimulating environment with good natural light, visual links to landscaped gardens, natural ventilation and also meet the need for low energy use. These factors were crucial in the complex achieving RIBA recognition with both national and regional awards in 2016. Fieger louvre windows are a key element in the design, introducing fresh air with an almost uninterrupted view to outside without any compromise on energy efficiency.