Manchester, England, is a city in transition. But as it changes, its industrial Victorian past remains woven into its modern urban tapestry. This evolution can be seen in Central Manchester Hospitals and Research Centre (CMHRC). Through bold and original design, the hospital campus honors the past, meets the needs of today’s patient, and is leading Manchester into the future.
Central Manchester Hospitals has always been part of its community—a comforting beacon of care for those in need. Now, its commitment can be seen and felt through a new layout that (quite literally) puts community first. Shared diagnostic and research spaces are near the back, while each hospital’s patient spaces (e.g., exam rooms, waiting areas) are placed up front. Also, each hospital’s entrance—as well as its light and airy reception area—faces the main hospital “boulevard” and green space, further showcasing each hospital’s “community” side.
Others saw old buildings. We saw a city’s rich history and a chance to preserve the heritage that has shaped, and continues to shape, the community. In designing the new hospital campus plan, we turned a number of the surrounding Victorian buildings into non-clinical support spaces.
These modern spaces—including an education center, library, cafe, and staff housing—celebrate the past and help patients and visitors feel comfortable, uplifted, and inspired.
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