Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
North East England
|Contract value (£)||
£20m (total cost)
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Trust
THOR™ Torrefied Wood 24x133mm Cladding
The Woodlands project, designed by Devereux Architects, is part of Royal Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s modernisation programme for adult and older people’s mental health services in Rotherham.
The Woodlands, Rotherham Older People’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit is a £16m new extension to facilities at Rotherham General Hospital. The new building provides essential new accommodation, including three new wards with 42 new beds, all single bedroom ensuites, for older patients. The unit will also house shared clinical therapy services and associated administration facilities. This new facility was opened in April 2012.
The programme aimed to deliver high quality accommodation for service users to promote their mental wellbeing and assist their recovery.
THOR™ Torrefied Cladding was chosen, as its walnut finish contrasts against the stone, metal and brickwork used elsewher in the build to give a natural look.
The attractive cladding contributes to the new Woodlands building's aesthetics, which achieved Trust’s objectives to modernise its assets within the guidelines of the Government’s ‘Better Public Building’ agenda.
This building is "fit for purpose, built to last and lift your spirits". (CABE 2006).
Devereux Architects comment: "The design aims to create environments for treatment and care that aid recovery, which have a domestic scale and provide patients with privacy and security."