The project comprised of the construction of a new £14m child and adolescent residential mental health unit at the existing Abergele Hospital site under the Designed for Life Framework Agreement.

Due to the site topography, foundation solutions comprised of elements of both suspended and ground bearing types, with careful consideration being required to limit the extent of retaining walls and surplus materials.

SuDS techniques were used to dispose of surface water generated by the project with ground source heat pumps installed to assist with heating the building.

The project proved to be very successful and the selection of a timber-framed superstructure solution contributed to a one month early delivery to the Client, together with associated cost savings.


  • Foundation solutions comprised of a combination of strip footings and ground bearing slab.
  • Road widening works undertaken to improve site access and circulation.
  • Soakaway design to Environment Agency requirements.
  • Ground source heat pumps used to assist with building energy supply.
  • Early project delivery (1 month) realised cost savings to the Client.

Project Client

Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust


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Completion Date

June 2009