The Balfour, Kirkwall, Orkney
The £64 million Balfour Hospital provides a state-of-the-art clinical environment for the delivery of essential health care services to the Isle of Orkney, significantly reducing the number of people travelling to the Scottish Mainland for routine care.
In a challenging and exposed location, the building is designed with protection and shielding from the elements in mind. The curve of the building protects the main entrance s pace and inpatient accommodation while referencing the ancient architectural form of Skara Brae.
The speed of steel construction was vital to the project and achieved an early weathertight position to allow internal trades to commence.
The curved forms of this new general hospital in the Orkney Islands reference the circular, sheltering prehistoric structures found on t he islands while making a positive contribution to the local community. A steel frame, prefabricated on the mainland, allowed speedy completion and reduced vulnerability of the construction programme to extreme weather conditions. Team members collaborated on an integrated BIM model to integrate complex services within the geometry of the structure.