New Benchmark For Quality and Long Term Value
Hopewood Park, a new 137-bed purpose-built mental health hospital, was completed in June 2014 at Ryhope, Sunderland. It has been designed to provide modern and inspiring facilities for local mental health services by Medical Architecture, who utilised Dura Composites’ Dura Cladding as a major design element as well as an easily installed and low maintenance cladding product.
The design was inspired by Ryhope’s river valley and cleverly uses the sloping siteto maximise the views towards the North Sea. The new mental health campus provides a safe recovery centred environment with generous and relaxing places to appreciate views to the coast and surrounding landscape which sets new benchmarks for quality and long term value in modern mental health accommodation.
The natural wood look and texture of the composite Dura Cladding enhanced the feeling of tranquility and connection with the local landscape; its defining use was on several different types of wall façade as well as cladding for soffits and under ceilings. As well as contributing so much to the overall design ethos, Dura Cladding is easily installed, needs minimal maintenance and will not splinter, warp or rot throughout its 50 years design life expectancy.