Encasement column casings feature at new Blackpool Health Centre
The innovative Moor Park Health Centre in Blackpool, which combines primary care medical facilities and a state of the art fitness centre in the same building, is using a range of column casings from Encasement to conceal structural columns, including a unique seven-metre high elliptical casing which is a key feature in the main entrance foyer.
The recently opened £15 million centres not only brings together three GP surgery practices, originally located on separate sites but also houses a new 44 station gym and fitness centre alongside an existing swimming pool and a new extensive ground floor library.
Designed by architects, the West Hart Partnership and constructed by Pochin plc, one of the UK’s leading contractors, Encasement supplied 26 Circa pre-formed plywood column casings to the project, together with the custom made elliptical Polyma GRP (glass reinforced polymer) casing used at the main entrance.
Finished in a high gloss white and measuring 1.8m x 0.4m, the elliptical casing is extremely durable and resistant to damage, yet provides a striking aesthetic feature to Moor Park’s spacious reception area while complementing the contemporary design, which also incorporates hanging sculptures and a mural.
Encasement’s Circa plywood casings, which are a combination of 350mm and 450mm diameter units, are finished in a highly durable white laminate with contrasting low level skirting detail and are used on the ground floor health and fitness centre as well as the first floor GP surgery practices in the consulting room waiting for areas.
Encasement’s managing director, Martin Taylor, explained: “Aesthetics and practicality have clearly played important parts in the scheme for this innovative new building as it probably sets a design benchmark for the next generation of GP surgery practices with its inclusion of an excellent fitness centre.”
He added: “Our Circa and Polyma column casings integrate extremely well with the interior of the new centre as they not only look good but are also highly durable and provide excellent resistance to scratches, scuffs and other damage often caused in high traffic areas.”
You can see more images from the Moor Park installation in our Column Casing gallery. You can also view our Polyma GRP column casings and Circa plywood casings range in more detail or alternatively explore our full range of column casing products.