Ainsley Gommon Architects


Castlemead Group Ltd


Hope, Flintshire


£2.7 million

Date Completed

Spring 2016

Development Overview

The new Hope Health Centre provides much needed combined health services to two historic Welsh villages sitting side by side. The existing high street surgeries had occupied buildings of residential scale with limited scope for expansion. Health facilities were cramped and unsuited to modern accessibility requirements. The new health centre, as well as providing new accommodation for the existing Hope Family Medical Centre, provides consulting rooms and administration facilities for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Although of modern appearance, the new building reflects the local vernacular in the use of form, scale and materials. Designed to respect its village location, the new Centre is predominantly single storey with a small two storey element at the rear, utilising a simple palette of materials of white render and timber cladding. A key driver behind the design is to ensure that all rooms have good levels of natural daylight, with the cellular consulting and medical rooms all having views out over open fields to the north and east, located around a centralised full height waiting area with views out over a sensory garden.