Kingfisher Court is a state-of-the-art 86-bed mental health unit that provides inpatient care to people with a mental illness or learning disability. It is located in Radlett, near St. Albans in Hertfordshire.
The building is notable for its contemporary, non-clinical and welcoming design, and has been widely recognised with a series of awards.
Thomasons acted as civil and structural engineers from the outset of this four-year project, which was managed under the ProCure21+ NHS procurement framework. Initial work involved carrying out geo-environmental, topographical and asbestos surveys across the site and helping prepare an asbestos removal strategy for the buildings and underground service ducts.
Working with Principal Supply Chain Partner Osborne and other consultants, our engineers designed a building that provided the best fit in addressing cost, programme, build and sustainability constraints.
Following a detailed options appraisal exercise, Thomasons recommended constructing the building using a SIPs system on reinforced mass concrete foundations, and provided the detailed design for the foundations, ground floor, underground drainage and external works. The surface water drainage design used a combination of deep borehole soakaways and geo-cellular soakaways.
Kingfisher Court has won the following awards:
Design in Mental Health Awards 2015:
Project of the Year
Building Better Healthcare Awards 2015:
Best Mental Health Development Award
Best External Environment Award
Grand Prix Design Award