Midpark Hospital

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The 85 bed Midpark Mental Health Hospital in Dumfries opened its doors in early 2012; one of the first projects to be completed through Frameworks Scotland. The client and design team’s concept of ‘Learning to Live’ centres on providing patients with a homely environment that helps them develop the skills needed to return to independent living.

One of the key challenges for the project team was how to deal with the 14 metre drop across the site. A single story response would have meant significant expense in ground works and raising the building to become very prominent when viewed from a Conservation Area to the west, potentially causing problems in planning. The architect’s response of stepping the development over three levels cleverly creates single-storey accommodation with landscaped gardens for each ward and reduces the visual impact of the facility by breaking up the form into terraces.

The stepped approach provides more natural light and green landscape views to the south-east than would be possible with all wards on one level. Wards to the rear of the site can see over the top of the neighbouring ward, opening long vistas. The layout also means that both on the approach and within any one ward, you are not aware of much of the rest of the facility; making it feel less institutional and more domestic in scale.


  • 2012 NHS Scotland HFS Environment and Design Award
  • 2011 NHS Scotland HFS Design Commendation

For further details of the project download the full case study via the link in the resources section to the right.

About this development
Project Midpark Hospital
Location Bankend Road, Dumfries
Client Body NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Delivery Team Archial Norr, Laing O’Rourke
Value £26 million
Procurement Type Frameworks Scotland
Opening Date January 2012
Development Types Palliative care, Children’s and young people’s services, Mental health, Inpatient facility
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