Assessment and Treatment Centre, Gateshead


Type and size of project

Service users,carers,staff and local people were all involved in developing plans for the centre which was completed in autumn 2009.

A £6.1 million project providing specialist care for people with health problems such as epilepsy and behavioural difficulties

Key Facts

One of the principal architectural requirements of the project was to ensure the amount of daylight was maximised. This resulted in 5 metre high open timber frame wall panels along the courtyard elevation.

The roof was constructed using a pre-insulated, closed panel roof cassette with 18mm plywood sarking, 235mm JJI joists, 2 layers of 150mm insulation, VC layer, 9mm OSB to the underside of the panel achieving a U Value of 0.21 W/m²K. The timber frame contract Value was £ 230k and the project was erected on site in 5 weeks.

Along the corridor, SMTS provided a 2000mm high walkway , using 140mm CLS joists and 22mm chipboard flooring.

The project was erected without the use of Scaffolding, using a combination of Rhino Deck and Scissor lifts. A 12mm plywood was pre fitted to one side of all internal partitions, with an additional layer fitted on site.


Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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