Block 40, Heatherwood Hospital

Frimley Health Foundation Trust

Project Name: Block 40, Heatherwood Hospital

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

Value: £3.5m

Principal Consultants: Architects: BDP

Project Duration: 33 weeks

A former mental health block at Heatherwood Hospital has been converted into office space to become Frimley Health NHS Trust’s HQ and centralise the hospital’s support services, including HR, finance, IT and communications.

This fast track office fit out programme saw us undertake 3,500m2 of refurbishment work in just over 8 months.

Known as Block 40, the building is located on the south side of the Hospital complex and was left vacant after the Trust’s mental health provision was transferred away from Heatherwood Hospital. These two new floors of high quality office space provide:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Open plan desk space and hot desking area
  • An open plan area for events
  • Several staff changing and shower areas
  • Breakout space
  • Administrative areas including reception, data centres and servers rooms
  • New plant rooms, located on the roof
  • Landscaped courtyard areas and ‘al fresco’ dining space

The incumbent mental health ward was stripped out and taken back to the structure to enable the fit out to commence. On the roof, we decommissioned and stripped out two existing plant rooms and have provided new plant within this space.

Following strip out, new partitions have been installed, along with new M&E, lighting, drainage, kitchen, sanitary ware and landscaping externally to generate a fresh new office space for staff. The new office space also includes a restaurant and catering space for staff. The new commercial kitchen within this area is high spec and features floor gully drainage to allow the staff to empty cooking vats with little manual handling of the heavy weight. We have also installed food storage areas including freezer and fridge areas. 

The project is part of a plan to revitalise Heatherwood Hospital and the Trust’s offerings, which will also see a new hospital built on the site adjacent to Block 40.