MAAP provided design and advice to a “TIME - To Improve Mental Health Environments” project involving the development of a mental health facility with 85 wards on a brownfield site next to a major arterial road into Liverpool. The aim of this project is to develop a set of tested adaptation packages that will mitigate projected future climate change risks and ensure the sustainable standard of the healthcare building.
This project forms part of the ‘Design for Future Climate Change: Adapting Buildings’ programme. Our Edge Lane Hospital project for Mersey Care NHS Trust is one of 26 key case studies in the first phase where the architectural design of buildings across all sectors are future-proofed to cope with the demands of climate change.
Working with climate researchers at Oxford Brookes University and services engineers, Mott MacDonald Fulcrum, we modelled adaption strategies and future climate scenarios for 2030, 2050 and 2080. Human comfort levels will need to be maintained in a low carbon use future and buildings must be able to resist greater extremes of temperature, precipitation and wind speeds whilst remaining viable and flexible for longer. The research findings are being widely disseminated to raise awareness across the industry as to how buildings can be future proofed to be sequentially upgradeable.
Mental Health / Research
Technology Strategy Board & Oxford Brookes University
Completed in 2011