1.For those who are not yet aware of Gilling Dod, can you tell us a little bit about the company and the types of projects you are involved with?
Established for over a Century, Gilling Dod is a forward thinking BIM level 2 Architectural & Interior Design Practice recognised for numerous national design awards. We have an enviable catalogue of schemes from small refurbishments to major new facilities, both locally and nationwide covering Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Healthcare, Education and mixed use projects both for Public and Private sectors.
We are passionate and dedicated to delivering high quality, innovative and sustainable buildings, through exceptional design and best practice, creating the best possible experience for the client and end-user. Our expertise spans feasibility right through to completion and all aspects of the project life cycle.
2. You have recently completed a couple of new projects for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Can you tell us a little bit about the projects and what they will mean to the community?
The Curve, is a ground breaking community facing Mental Health resource hub specifically designed to support vulnerable people living in the community, as well as challenging the stigmas present in society around Mental Health. The £5M building represents the changing face of modern Mental Health Services and embodies the ‘holistic’ approach to recovery pathways and mental wellbeing. The design reflects an idea or ethos, a philosophy of long term care based around accessible, positive and meaningful community engagement. With the patient experience, individual need and access at its heart the design is intentionally simple and clear. A forum for interaction and a vehicle for Recovery and wellbeing, the Curve is an innovative and sustainable project firmly rooting Mental Health in the heart of its community in a non-institutional and human way.
The Lowry Unit is a new 30 Bed Low Secure Unit recently constructed on the Prestwich Hospital site north east of Manchester. It is a great example of delivering patient focused, innovative and healing environments in secure Mental Health settings. It demonstrates what is possible if a sensible approach to risk is adopted and also the real benefits of an integrated interior design approach from the outset ensuring light and airy spaces that are not only safe and secure, but calming and therapeutic.
3. Gilling Dod works on a variety of projects across a number of sectors; from an Architectural perspective, how do healthcare projects differ from that of residential or educational projects?
Healthcare projects are similar in many ways to Educational and Residential projects in as much as it is all about listening, understanding, and responding to a client’s specific needs on any given job. What sets them apart however is the focus, priorities and outcomes in Healthcare settings can be very different to other building types. How you measure what is a good Hospital design or a true healing environment is a hot topic right now in the industry and how good Healthcare design effects recovery and wellbeing is constantly being benchmarked and measured. All architecture affects a human response be it in the retail, learning, or leisure sectors, it is just that in Hospital settings the results are that bit more pronounced and therefore that bit more critical. Given that we all encounter these buildings at our most vulnerable and most distressed this is hardly surprising. Throw in HAI and Infection control, Nursing drivers and clinical adjacencies, Environmental control and thermal comfort, an aging building stock and acute funding pressures, Mental Health aspect including Dementia needs, Statutory compliance and sustainability, and what you get is a very complex and interrelated building type with architecture at its core. That’s why the role of good Architecture and good Architects in Healthcare design has a strong history and proven relationship and why Practices like ours exist. ‘Public building’ in its truest form and a barometer for any modern Society.
4. Looking ahead over the next 12 months, what projects will Gilling Dod be working on?
We have numerous exciting Projects currently on site that will be coming to completion in the coming months:
Going forward into 2016 we are delighted to be bringing to life some exciting new projects and look forward to working with The Trusts & Teams:CYPF (Children, Young Persons and Families) Project, Nottingham
5. We are delighted you’ll be joining us at North England Build later in the month; visitors will be able to find you at stand number E9. What are you most looking forward to at the Expo and what can visitors expect to see at your stand.
We are hoping the Expo will provide us with the platform to lay the foundations on which to build new relationships with clients, partners and collaborators who share our passion for continuous improvement, design excellence and world class leading services.
We will have various members of our team on the stand throughout the 2 days, so pop by to say hello, then maybe stop a while to hear about some of our award winning projects.