The Matron’s Lodge building is housed on the site of the former Fleming Memorial Hospital in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. The grade II listed building was vacant and identified by the Graham Wylie Foundation as an appropriate venue to create the first Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre in the North of England.
The Music Therapy Centre needed to have a dual use: music therapy delivery and also music therapist training requiring three delivery rooms in total. The existing 70sqm of internal floor area of the Matron’s Lodge was renovated and a new 20sqm side extension constructed to meet the needs of the centre staff. The side extension was constructed in traditional brick and block with a reclaimed slate roof to match the existing building. The link between the new extension and existing building was made with a new aluminium glazed link to clearly segregate old from new.
All three music therapy rooms were installed with perimeter acoustic insulation and acoustic sound absorbing boards to the ceilings. The design team and client were very hands on and worked together with the building contractor to guarantee the correct finish and achieve the UV and acoustic sound ratings essential for the successful final use of the building during therapy sessions. This involved identifying and working with a number of local and national contractors on unique products, such as the acoustic floating retractable wall, acoustic sound boards and timber acoustic panelling.
The centre was officially opened by musician Sting and band the Kaiser Chiefs in March 2018 as the new Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre.
Graham Wylie, Graham Wylie Foundation:
“The construction of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre in Jesmond was the first major project for the Graham Wylie Foundation and choosing the right building contractor was an important part of the scheme. We certainly made the right decision and we have been very impressed with the way JD Joinery and Building Services managed the project to be right on budget and actually completed the centre ahead of schedule.
“The scheme was project managed from start to finish by JD Joinery Contracts Manager, Craig Whalen who maintained strong communication and day-to-day problem-solving between all contractors, suppliers and client. We have been particularly impressed by the high quality finish and positive attitude from the team. A great job well done and we can highly recommended the work of the team at JD Joinery and Building Services for the work they have completed at Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre.”