DB3 Healthcare Profile 2022

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Healthcare Team The DB3 team have worked on healthcare projects for over 20 years. Working with Trusts across the UK, our team can support projects through all RIBA Stages, from primary through to quaternary care.

Our team of architects and building services engineers provide clients with a specialist multidisciplinary service.


Matthew Savory BArch BSC (Hons), ARb, RIBA, IOSH Matthew is a Director and Head of DB3’s Welsh studios. A Chartered Architect, he has particular responsibility for leading teams working on frameworks and key projects as well as developing DB3’s expertise in construction partnering. Matthew has 30 years’ post-qualification experience in both new-build and refurbishment projects in the healtcare, educational, residential, commercial, leisure and industrial sectors.

His particular interests include the creation of sustainable and efficient workplaces, the design of supported and extra care housing, and the sensitive integration of landscape design into building projects. He possesses a combination of management skills and design awareness required to deliver complex projects.


Jamie Brewster BA (Hons) DipArch, ARB, RIBA Jamie is a Senior Associate at DB3 and has over 22 years’ post qualification experience as an architect. Jamie can demonstrate significant multiple sector experience of a wide range of projects at both large and small scale at concept, strategic and implementation level. Based in DB3’s Cardiff studio, Jamie leads DB3’s Healthcare team, with extensive experience in the design and delivery of healthcare facilities. His design leadership and review skills have been recognised as

a co-chair and panel member of the Design Commission for Wales. In addition to his extensive healthcare sector experience, Jamie also is skilled in the conservation and regeneration of historic and listed buildings. Jamie also has personal experience of cancer treatment and inpatient care and has developed a keen interest in the design of inpatient facilities. Jamie presented a recent research study into inpatient care at the 2021 European Healthcare Design Conference.

Bruce Massie BSc (Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBA Bruce is a Senior Associate at DB3. In addition to project running, Bruce leads the DB3 Technology Group and assists with the running of the Cardiff studio. Bruce’s wide range of skills gives him an ability to lead technical teams delivering our projects from concept to completion - ensuring design quality is maintained throughout the process.

With 23 years’ experience post qualification, he has led several major projects with a particular expertise in the public sector. Bruce also manages BIM across all our offices, supporting BIM execution planning, data management and clash detection.

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Lydia Huws BArch, March, ARB, RIBA Lydia is a qualified Architect. Since joining the practice in 2013 she has worked in a range of sectors including healthcare, leisure, commercial, housing and heritage and has extensive education experience.

Lydia produces drawings and images for public and stakeholder communication and has been a key player in potentially sensitive stakeholder consultations in rural Wales and Wiltshire.

Lydia is experienced in working on ‘live’ school sites and is a proficient user of Autodesk Revit BIM software. For previous projects she has provided analysis of existing schools against the BB103 and BB104 requirements.

Lydia has a strong interest in the design of environmentally sustainable and net zero carbon buildings, in 2021 she qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Designer.


John Glenroy MSc CABD, BSc, ARB John is a Senior Architect within DB3’s Glasgow studio. A motivated architect with extensive experience in all RIBA work stages in a variety of contract types, primarily across healthcare, education and residential sectors.

John is a confident project leader working as part of a team, embracing varied building typologies and working on multiple projects.

He has a strong technical and contractual background, having delivered several complex and challenging projects. With a proven track record in design, contract administration and understanding, managing and meeting clients’ expectations.


Desislava Gencheva BSc Arch, MArch Desislava is an Architectural Assistant with experience in a wide range of sectors. She has excellent 3D modelling skills using a variety of computer software in addition to being a talented artist. She has 4 years’ experience working for UK architectural practices, is currently studying for RIBA Part 3 qualification and has excellent English communication skills.

Her knowledge of digital design is such that she has now been appointed as DB3’s national Digital Design Manager.


Matt Ganley IENG, MCIBSE, BA ENG (HONS), LCEA Matt is Head of Building Services leading the engineering department, co-ordinating M&E engineers in house. He is highly experienced in the design and development of building services systems, from the development of a client’s brief through to completion. He has extensive experience in the coordination of design & preparation of tender documents. His experience includes of a wide variety of sectors including healthcare, hotels, sports centres, swimming pools, higher education, theatres, residential, wind farms and offices.

Matt specialises in Low Carbon Design, Dynamic Building Simulation and Mechanical Building Services design. He is directly involved in appraising the use of sustainable and renewable energy solutions in all developments. Matt has accreditation with CIBSE as a Low Carbon Energy Assessor Level 5. In recent years, the application of renewable energy systems to individual projects has been a significant part of the design process.


Simon Taafe BEng (Hons), IET Member He has particular and extensive experience of a wide variety of building services designs including healthcare, sports centres, swimming pools, higher education projects, offices and retail. As Senior Electrical Services engineer he is responsible in leading the electrical engineering department in house.

Simon develops the electrical design from the agreed initial principles and attends design team meetings with the client and design team members.

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Simon has 20 years’ experience in the design and development of electrical services systems.

Healthcare Projects Our work in the healthcare sector encompasses the design and management of buildings including primary care and therapeutic facilities.

Our experience also includes working with third party development companies to explore healthcare project development potential.

We have worked successfully with clients including general practitioners, charitable organisations and health care Trusts to ensure schemes are developed to afford optimum levels of patient service provision.

We are aware of the need for value and affordability and ensure that our schemes are planned exceptionally to deliver the right impact and quality at a realistic cost.


Beacon Centre for Health Location: Swansea, Wales Expertise Area: Architecture

The Beacon Centre was completed under the JCT design and build contract of £5.2m and was on site for 16 months. DB3 won the scheme in an open competition in conjunction with Apollo Capital Projects who were the third party developer for the development. Working with Apollo, the LHB and the other stakeholders including Swansea University, over a long (5 year) period of brief development, DB3 designed the scheme to support the requirements of the multiple stakeholders whilst conforming to the masterplan guidance of the SA1 development.

The scheme comprised approximately 3150m2 of accommodation over five floors, including:

• A basement car park • 2 GPs surgeries • A retail pharmacy shell • A dental surgery • Outpatient clinic space for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

• Medical training space for the university.

As part of the schedule of accommodation to support the uses the scheme included the following type of spaces, each with its own differing requirements for privacy, acoustic performance, servicing and infection control:

The completed building was opened by the Minister for Health and has been featured in “The Estate we’re in” a publication by the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership where it received glowing praise:

• Office, library and archive spaces • Staff support including changing, sanitary, common room • Consulting • Treatment spaces • Minor Operation spaces • Dental surgeries • High specification waiting rooms • Lecture spaces. Due to the requirement for onsite parking, a basement car park was created over part of the footprint; remediation of contamination was required as part of the construction process. DB3 were novated to the design & build contractor and helped to overcome various issues during the build and supported where possible.

“Beacon: A thing that illuminates or inspires… The title for the new facility in the burgeoning SA1 quarter of Swansea is no mistake. Its siting, presence and elegant execution shine and radiate quality. Set over five levels it accommodates a range of health sector user groups but this is no clunky hybrid. The spatial separation and transitions are handled with a cool assurance and underpin the architectural success of the facility”

Problems overcome include included inac-curate drainage record drawings and increased piling depths. Design challenges met were achieving the requirements of the SA1 masterplan, which competed against the brief and the NHS guidance document WHC 055, the latter gave limits on the amount and size of accommodation that could be constructed. The innovative use of large voids in the façade allowed gross area to be reduced whilst maintaining the overall massing form, creating pleasant break out spaces for staff and visitors and contributing to BREEAM credits.

DB3 used the brise soleil and the zinc cladding to wrap these elements into in easily legible form, creating the feature that was required. The detail of how the cladding wrapped around corners and was terminated at the roof was also important and early detailing and careful specification before tender stage protected the final aesthetic, ensuring the form would be seen as a whole and not as four separate elevations.

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Another design challenge was the massing and form of the corner element of the building. At a key focal point for the SA1 development the corner of the site needed to be a feature. The accommodation and use requirements for the building were such that an incongruous form would be created on the corner.


Thurleigh Road Medical Centre Location: London, England Expertise Area: Architecture

The primary care facility consists of a simple steel framed structure with brick and block walls, an internal spiral stair and traditional roof construction. This allows for the building to blend in well with its neighbours. The external details, colour and materials have been chosen to match the existing adjoining church and new build community centre. The reception area has a welcoming feel with the reception desk facing building users as soon as they enter the building. The design incorporates the use of laminate timber flooring to assist in the clean and modern feel of the building. The building is light and airy with a fully glazed external wall. The public areas overlook a

landscaped area with mature trees outside, giving building users a relaxing space in which to wait. The floor plan is cellular. There is an alternative exit for distressed patients. Maximum use has been made of the waiting areas in order to minimize circulation spaces. All of the consulting rooms comply with Local Health Authority guidelines, whilst still providing ample light and airy workspaces. Materials have been specifically chosen for their tonal and textural differences to assist the visually and aurally impaired.


Hebburn Medical Centre Location: Newcastle, England Expertise Area: Architecture

This completed medical centre brought together two well established GP practices in an extensive PCT clinical and administration accommodation. The 25 000ft² accommodation is split over two floors with a central courtyard and a double height space with a walled waiting area. There are two main entrances from the car park to the rear.

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The building was completed under a Design and Build contract, and upon its completion received the South Tyneside Design Award for New Build.


Bro Preseli Integrated Care Development Location: Crymych, Wales RIBA Stages: 1-6 Expertise Area: Architecture The £7m scheme, located in Crymych, was a joint venture between Family Housing Association, Pembrokeshire Council and Hywel Dda Health Board and comprises 38 extra care apartments, 2 intermediate care appartments, a health centre, community resource centre and day centre with a restaurant, lounge and shop as well as a range of facilities for tenants. The scheme is envisaged as a new model for rural communities, integrating both assisted living and healthcare in one development and requiring collaboration between several agencies. The Community Resource Centre on site provides a base for district nurses, health visitors, midwives, school nurses and local primary mental health support services, supporting integrated working between the Practice and community based health and social care professionals. The brownfield site, formerly occupied by a livestock market, provided several challenges, including a significant slope, the presence of knotweed and the requirement for access to a row of unattractive garages along one side of the site. Our design overcame these challenges using a split level design with the health centre, daycare centre and most communal facilities located on the lower ground floor facing a landscaped south facing courtyard, and apartments on upper floors. Separate main entrances were required for each of the three facilities. The daycare entrance required a canopy allowing covered transfer from a minibus and the primary healthcare entrance needed to be visually prominent from the vehicular access. As the entrances were on different sides of the building, separate parking areas were required for visitors to the Health Centre, and a new road access was required to connect the Health Centre entrance to a new car park to the south. Extensive consultation was required with numerous parties in the briefing and design period including council housing & social services departments, as well as GP’s, the Health Board, charities, planning department and the national park neighbouring the site. The inclusion of a health centre within the brief

brought several challenges, including the fact that the GP practice allocated to the centre had the ability to substantially change the brief or indeed withdraw completely from the scheme at any point up the completion of the technical design. For this reason, we designed the structure of the health centre element in a way that would allow conversion to additional extra care apartments if necessary. An ‘AEDET’ design review was also carried out of the Health Centre design by NHS Wales. At the official opening, Ms Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales said

“I’m not often speechless as Commissioner but I am just so impressed by what I have seen here at Bro Preseli. Our older people are a huge national asset who helped build this country and we have a duty of care and debt of gratitude to our older generation. Those involved with this development have aptly discharged that duty of care and have produced something truly fantastic.” Sue Lewis, Pembrokeshire County Director & Commissioner at Hywel Dda University Health Board said:

“Bro Preseli provides truly fantastic facilities for health and social care professionals working in the north and east of the county. Working in such a rural patch, having a shared base is essential to support positive communication between the members of the multidisciplinary team whilst ensuring easy access to their patients in the community.”

Dr Bethan Scourfield, a GP Partner at Preseli Practice said

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‘The Bro Preseli scheme showcases what can be achieved to meet the needs of rural communities through true partnership working.”


Multiple Projects Location: Hull, England Expertise Area: Architecture St Stephens Healthcare Centre NHS Hull took on a 10-year lease for a 2-storey unit at St Stephens shopping centre in Ferensway. The base was the first of its kind in the UK and was designed to make access to health and lifestyle services easier. The facility opens for six days each week & 35,000+ people benefit from it every year. The centre is home to Health trainers who give one-to-one advice about how to live a healthier lifestyle; Health information kiosks; NHS health checks for ages 40-75; meeting space, consultation rooms and areas for yoga and dance. Bilton Grange The design of this building was developed to enhance the area and provide a distinctive building on a prominent site on an important

arterial route into the city. The new facility provides modern, well equipped accommodation for a large GP practice, PCT healthcare facilities and training facilities run in conjunction with the university medical school. The building also houses an outstation for the Ambulance Service and an ‘Out of Hours’ service. The planning of the building and the site was constrained by a wide easement to a large sewer running across the middle of the site, and the need to respect the privacy of the neighbouring residential houses and gardens. The accommodation is arranged around a large two storey entrance and waiting area incorporating a glazed ‘mall’ which provides openers and transparency through the building producing a welcoming and friendly environment.

The site was formerly occupied by Grade II listed Plane Street Methodist Church & Sunday School. The building was not considered to be suitable for refurbishment into a new medical facility and approval was obtained for demolition and replacement with a new state of the art facility. One of the driving forces affecting the design was to incorporate two separate GP practices that operate their building as separate entities from each other. The solution was a shared waiting area to the glazed rotunda with two main entrances either side of the waiting area providing access to separate reception areas. The two storey high glazed rotunda was finished with an illuminated lantern light. Stained glass from the church was refurbished and placed over the waiting area at high level. The project received two awards for architecture. Kingswood Integrated Care Centre DB3 acted as Architect to develop concept design proposals for the Kingswood ICC building. This development will be an integral part of the

Kingswood masterplan which is designed to set a benchmark for all integrated care centres. The scheme aims to provide flexible accommodation to a variety of end users whilst dealing with issues such as the out of town location, travel, scale, demand and innovative design approach. Longhill Health Centre A designated “primary care plus centre” within Hull’s health and community infrastructure, replacing four existing single handed GP practices with a modern, attractive, local facility. The centre was developed with the following services in mind: GPs; Specialist nursing services; Minor surgery; Allied health professions; Diagnostic testing; Pharmacy; Dental services; and a library. Orchard Park DB3 acted as Architect for this 5000 m², new build development. The building provides bespoke premises for Hull City Council and the Primary Care Trust to deliver services to the local community. The development houses a variety of services including a community centre and café services through the Hull Teaching PCT.

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Clydach Primary Care Centre Location: Clydach, Wales Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 was employed by a third party developer to produce designs for a new primary care centre in Clydach, Swansea. DB3 produced 3 options for the GPs to consider including condensed, open plan or L shaped developments. DB3 was commended on our approach to design by the GP’s, the LHB and Welsh Health Estates.


Rhyl Surgery Location: Rhyl, Wales Expertise Areas: Architecture

Sustainable technologies and clear design approach contribute to the scheme which was well received by the Design Commission for Wales.

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This brownfield redevelopment adjacent to the railway and bus terminal in Rhyl provides a compact and sustainable architectural statement in keeping with its urban setting.


Princess Diana of Wales Memorial Hospital Location: Grimsby, England Expertise Areas: Architecture DB3 were engaged to provide architectural services for the production of an outline residential planning application to dispose of surplus land at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. The initial brief was to create a residential development that housed 220+ dwellings in order to meet the sales criteria set out by North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust. Due to a number of constraints on the site, which included gas, water and drainage services, the requirement of the Trust to maintain the existing emergency services access route and an existing cricket pitch that was protected by Sport England, careful planning was required and a number of stakeholder engagement meetings were conducted to achieve a workable solution that meet all of the required targets.

The scheme was later updated to include retirement and assisted living accommodated, a step down care unit and key worker accommodation, as well as 130+ dwellings. It was important that a co-ordinated approach was maintained throughout the design process and that the council were engaged at an early stage to provide the best solution for all parties. The scheme was recommended for approval by the local planning authority and it gained consent in April 2016. Final Numbers of Dwellings Achieved for the site was 530 comprising: 131 Houses; 124 Key Worker Apartments; 96 Key Worker Student Bedrooms; 59 Retirement Living Apartments; 80 Assisted living single bedrooms with en-suite; 40 Step down care single bedrooms with en-suite.


Mile End Hospital Location: UK DB3 created designs for a modern new build health centre located in East London. The building is located adjacent to Mile End Hospital with part of the site within a conservation area and hence the architectural design responds to the sensitivity of the surrounding historic buildings. The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

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About DB3 Founded in 1883, DB3 Group is an award-winning, dynamic practice consisting of DB3 Architecture & Design, DB3 Building Services Engineering, DB3 Professional Services, Formation 3D and Home & Maker. DB3 Group has seven studios across the UK including in Leeds, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Aberystwyth, so we are never too far away from your project. Renowned for our quality design and technical delivery, we have long standing relationships with some of the biggest global brands across private and public market sectors. From architectural vision to the completed build, we provide multi-disciplinary expertise aimed at meeting the diverse needs of our client base. We embrace the latest technology, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), to assist in our process and operations for design, visualisation, design team co-ordination and more.

We maintain a focus on not only delivering the project on time, with exceptional quality and within cost, but also in ensuring long term value is designed into facilities to ensure that they are easy and safe to operate, sustainable, minimise energy use and are cost effective to maintain. Our dedicated team of experienced Architects, Project Managers, Building Services Engineers, Interior Designers and Surveyors provide a quality service regardless of project value, size or complexity, to deliver the best for our clients. Working collaboratively, we aspire to make this an enjoyable process and build relationships which result in us returning to work for the same clients on future projects.


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