Rotherham Mortuary and Bereavement Centre

Location Rotherham, UK
Services  Building services, civil and structural engineering
Sector Healthcare
Client Willmott Dixon
Architect Keppie

Stephen Maddocks

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The design of a new two storey building located within the grounds of Rotherham General Hospital.  The purpose built facility will provide modern facilities in a sensitive environment that considers the needs of bereaved relatives, visitors and staff.  This bereavement centre has been designed to provide a safe and convenient facility for grieving relatives and friends with a dedicated entrance. There are also enhanced mortuary facilities and dedicated collection space for funeral directors and private ambulances. 

Large column free areas were required to the PM room to provide open and flexible spaces.  This was achieved using the steel and concrete floor structure compositely.  The building was intensively serviced and so the structure had to be kept to a minimum depth.  Again the composite design reduced the depth of down stand beams required allowing a suitable service zone.

Foundations were concrete pads founded at varying levels due to the variably of the ground conditions.  The ground floor slab was ground bearing concrete on engineered fill.

Dedicated air handling plant is provided to the facility and the post mortem and dissection tables are provided with down flow tables, there are also 80+ body fridges.

Business continuity was a key driver for the engineering services design with dual power feeds from the existing hospital infrastructure.

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