More Space for Health
A Dream About to Come True
project started with the recognition, by-a small group of residents led
by Dr. Adrian Davis, that the facilities provided within the Hospital Premises
were woefully inadequate as accommodation for a modern Health Centre. The
prime concern of Dr. Davis was to help guarantee quality health care within
the Islands. This recognition was transformed into action, a committee
was formed to raise funds and to look for an architect to provide suitable
plans for new premises. The architect chosen was Mr. Barry Briscoe. What
started as little more than a dream held by a few is well on the way to
being a reality.
The requirement was that the building be energy efficient, have character
and, be capable of meeting the needs of the community well into the 21st
century. It was felt that the design of the building proposed by Mr. Barry
Briscoe met these requirements and finally in October 1997 (after considerable
fund raising) the decision was made to start the building work.
The construction has now reached the half way stage and at the moment
looks to be on target for its completion in July 1998.
To enable the work to commence it has been necessary for the Trustees
to obtain a loan for the balance of funding required. This loan comes very
near to the limit which can be paid back from the rent and leaves little
room for variations in building costs, etc. After careful deliberation
the Trustees considered this to be the best way forward due to the fact
that costs were rising. It was felt that if work had been left to a later
date, escalation of building costs could have made it impossible to proceed.
The building is a timber frame construction on a concrete base. The
ground floor will be faced with granite up to window sill level with the
remainder of the exterior walls rendered. The main contractors, Thermatech
Ltd. of St. Austell will be installing a geothermal heating system. Geo-Science
Ltd. of Penryn have recommended this as an energy efficient supplement
to electrical heating. This has involved drilling a hole into the bedrock
to the depth of over 30 metres. Water will be passed down the hole through
a pipe and then returned to the surface where it will enter a heat exchange
unit. The building will provide a Health Centre of which Islanders can
be justly proud. Look out for Coffee Mornings in aid of the Trust, these
will be at Hotel Godolphin on Thursdays - 9th April, 14th May, 11th June
and 16th July. Dr. Roy Barnes pointed out that fund raising was still important
and that any donation was greatly appreciated.
Back to this issue's cover page
to the Scilly Up To Date Main Menu