The Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation (NHS) Trust decided to upgrade dementia treatment facilities for the Norfolk area with the building of one of the most advanced facilities in the UK at Hammerton Court, part of the Julian Hospital in Norwich.
The new dementia intensive care unit (DICU) cost £13.7 million and achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. It comprises single-storey timber frame wards and a two-storey composite steel frame, containing the entrance, shared clinical areas, administration and training rooms. Among a range of carbon saving features are a green roof, ground source heat pump and lighting controls.
The considerable demand for hot water is satisfied by a large solar thermal system integrated with gas-fired condensing water heaters, all of which were provided by Lochinvar.
The architecture, structure and building services were co-ordinated using a 3D design and drafting software model, which was combined with the services information to avoid clashes. Lochinvar provided detailed design input and supplied ten solar thermal collectors; two twin coil hot water storage vessels; two EcoShield water heaters; and an EcoKnight gas-fired condensing boiler to form a comprehensive heating and hot water package for the whole facility.