Apollo Capital Projects have completed their 6th scheme in Wales in Rumney in Cardiff. This 23,000sq ft scheme is the largest single site practice in Wales with over 15,000 patients. Apollo have worked with Dr Gerson & Partners and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board to create a hub for Primary Care in the East of Cardiff. The facility has 15 consulting rooms, 3 Registrar rooms, 3 GP Trainer rooms and 3no Treatment Rooms on the ground floor with specialist services which include podiatry, audiology, family planning, dietetics, Minor Operations, Health Visitors, District and School Nurse on the first floor. The internal layout allows for close supervision of both ground and first floor waiting areas and benefits from a feature glue laminated stair to link the 2 spaces. The folding sliding doors into the central courtyard offer an opportunity to open the entire waiting area into the courtyard to become one. This feature is unique in primary care in the UK and provides a new dimension in design providing waiting patients with views, exercise and interest. The courtyard has a 2m high Welsh Oak sculpture by local artist Brian Denman which was funded by Apollo to enhance the patient experience in the facility.
The building is also highly energy efficient achieving BREEAM Excellent and with an EPC rating of 26. It also benefits from a 26kw solar panel array on the south facing roof which could provide as much as 40% of the practices electrical needs in operation.
Rob James, Apollo’s Operations Director led the scheme from appointment through to handover and said “Working with such an enthusiastic group of people has been very fulfilling and allows us all to share in the success of this project. Apollo have listened and shaped this scheme to meet and exceed expectations throughout but overall the scheme has benefitted hugely from the teamwork ethic”.
Further articles will be published about the artwork and community engagement on this project shortly.