Armitstead Child Development Centre, Kings Cross Hospital Campus, Dundee

Armitstead Child Development Centre Dundee

New Tayside Building – design by Campbell & Arnott Architects, Scotland

24 Sep 2008

Armitstead Child Development Centre

Design: Campbell & Arnott


24 Sep 2008

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Campbell and Arnott’s new Armitstead Child Development Centre sits in a quiet clearing on the South West edge of the Kings Cross Hospital Campus in Dundee. The purpose built facility houses nurseries, treatment and therapy rooms, clinic rooms, administration and parent spaces, which were previously in a converted Victorian house.

Almost all recipients of the service will be under 9 years of age and will have one or more major physical issues. This has influenced every aspect of Campbell and Arnott’s design which provides a warm, welcoming and fully accessible building filled with natural light and bright colours. Generous outdoor spaces provide a connection with the woodland setting, and the central courtyard provides a safe environment for mobility training.

The building form was generated by the need to zone the five main uses in a simple but informal manner, while maximising the sustainable features of the design – solar panels to pre-heat water, orientation to maximise daylight, natural cross ventilation using rooflights and the central courtyard, as well as materials selected to surpass the building standards insulation requirements. All of these features helped the building receive a ‘Very Good’ rating from the NHS NEAT assessment.

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Campbell and Arnott were able to draw on their significant experience in healthcare projects, as well as working closely with the Centre Staff throughout the development of the design, to produce this new user focused facility for NHS Tayside.

Value: £3m
Completed: Sep 2008

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Location:Dundee ‘

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