17 June 2021

Design Proposed for York Brain Injury Hospital

Posted by Chris Race Regional Director, Sheffield

Jefferson Sheard Architects have been commissioned by HBD and The Disabilities Trust (TDT) to develop the design for a new Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Hospital for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients requiring specialist brain injury and mental health care.

The proposed development will be a relocation of York House, providing a new state of the art facility on the former Terry’s Chocolate Works site. This will meet the complex operational needs of The Trust and maintain its 20-year presence in York, retaining 40 patient beds and 145 healthcare jobs in the city.

The developed design proposals respond to initial comments during the pre-application process from York Council and other key stakeholders, including the Residents Association, Civic Trust and Ward Councillors. The resulting Architectural response meets the specialist brief of The Trust whilst acknowledging the historic context of the Chocolate Works site and the neighbouring residential building, ‘The Residence’.

Jefferson Sheard Architects, Lead Architect, Chris Race said; “Our design development has taken a form follows function principle, driven by creating an efficient and safe building for the patients and staff, incorporating the specific health care operational requirements of the Trust. Whilst the end user experience is key, we have also listened and incorporated into the design feedback from all stakeholders, analysis of the site’s opportunity and constraints and acknowledgment of the historical context, including maintaining key long-range views. We are committed to creating a building of architectural merit, befitting the site, and providing a valuable addition to the city of York”.

The scheme is currently in the consultation phase, engaging with local residents, businesses, community groups and others to help inform the plans prior to being submitted for planning permission.