Vancouver House, Liverpool

Client  Health & Social Care Partnership

Contractor Seddon Construction

Architects Condy & Lofthouse Architects Ltd

Contract Value £4.5M

Services Civil & Structural Engineering and Geotechnical & Environmental Site Investigation

Vancouver House is a specialist 32 bed care facility offering a high standard of nursing care and support for people with learning disabilities, who may also have been diagnosed with mental health issues or other complex needs such as sensory impairment or epilepsy. The facility also has a designated unit for people who have incurred brain injuries.

The development of the site was approached sensitively as it was met with concern by the local community as well as being situated on an existing flood plain. The community took a key interest in the facility as they were concerned about the level of disruption that its construction would cause and had reservations about the end result.

To minimise the level of disruption to residents Vancouver House was designed to a high design standard that reused live services on the site and adopted live site drainage.

The outcome of the flood risk assessment was positive. This was due to the fact that the original streams in the area were open and over the last 40 years they had been enclosed in pipes. This has reduced the amount of free flowing water in the area and therefore lowered the risk of flooding.

Vancouver House, which has a masonry construction with large span trusses and precast floors, was completed successfully on time and within budget.