The Centre for Health Science opened Phase 1 of its development in 2007 with Phases 2 and 3 completed in the summer of 2008.
The aim of the Centre is to instigate collaboration, knowledge transfer, improved clinical outcomes, publications and commercialisation.
Phase 1 landscape works centre on the frontage to the Phase 1 building and include natural stone paving and insitu concrete planters, which also function as informal seating. Planting was designed within the constraints of the overflight path of the air ambulance helicopter and this informed tree selection.
Phases 2 and 3 include an enclosed courtyard to be used as a ‘break out space’ for lunchtime recreation and events and are linked to an internal glazed street and cafeteria. Occupational Therapy also uses the courtyard for rehabilitation and recuperation of patients from the main Raigmore Hospital. Different paving textures and steps were selected to provide challenges for those getting back on their feet.
Christopher Palmer Associates worked with environmental artist Jackie Donnachie and Keppie Architects. The courtyard includes a large heated disc sculpture and seat designed by Jackie, utilising waste heat from the building. Planting in the courtyard includes medicinal plants labeled in English, Gaelic and Latin to provide information about their origin and past and present medicinal uses.
The project is sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund and HIE Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Architects: Keppie Design
Enironmental Artist: Jacqueline Donnachie
Structural Engineer: Fairhurst
Mechanical Engineer: K J Tait
Contractor: Tulloch Construction Ltd
Phase 1 Landscape Contractor: Alex Butter Landscaping Ltd
Phase 2&3 Landscape Contractor: Highland Landscapes
Phase 2 In situ concrete: E J Lazenby Contracts Ltd
Canopy: Base Structures Ltd