RMI Architects Health Projects

Muckamore Abbey Hospital – Forensic & Assessment Unit

Location:  Antrim

Client:  Belfast Health and Social care Trust

Muckamore Abbey is a hospital for adults with learning disabilities. Their previous accommodation occupied a collection of 1950s institutional two-storey buildings. The redevelopment saw the replacement of some of the existing buildings with new and refurbished accommodation to provide: an admission and assessment unit; a forensic unit, a challenging behaviour unit; a continual mental illness unit and a day-care centre.

RMI in Partnership with Nightingale Associates were appointed by BHSCT to masterplan the redevelopment and modernisation of the site and to deliver four phases of works.

Phase 1 of the development was for a new assessment and treatment facility for people with a learning disability and additional mental disorder, who cannot be effectively assessed or treated in the community.

Cost:  1m - 10m

Status:  Complete

Type:  Health

  • Project Status:
  • Completed
  • On Site
  • Drawing Board

Job Complete28/09/2009

The development Masterplan created the conditions for a more informal, non-institutional environment providing single-storey buildings and materials which included slate and standing seam zinc to the roof; brick and render walls and timber windows and doors. Internally the spaces are characterised by abundant daylight, environmentally friendly finishes and a muted colour scheme.

Each building has patient accessible gardens where supervision can be relaxed without compromising patient safety and independence.