The new healthcare campus includes a new 14-floor adult hospital and a new 256-bed children’s hospital. The adult hospital will provide 1,109 beds, with most patients in their own single, en-suite room with a view. Once complete, the development will be the UK's largest healthcare campus and will cover an area equivalent in size to 11 football pitches.
The project draws on many skill sets from across the WSP business including Development & Transportation, Fire Engineering and Energy & Environmental in Scotland, Infrastructure in Newcastle and the Building Sustainability Team in Birmingham. Sustainability was a key component of the bid assessment which included very stretching carbon targets, many social sustainability requirements and a minimum BREEAM Excellent rating.
As part of this successful bid, WSP produced a sustainable design brief which included all the sustainability-related interventions, including off-site prefabrication, use of thermal mass, an on-site natural gas CHP and re-use of demolition elements. It included all 10 of the SHINE key principles for healthcare buildings.
SHINE is a learning network for sustainable healthcare buildings and principles developed as a partnership programme between leading healthcare, sustainability and built environment organisations.
Our sustainability project management role provides reassurance to Brookfield and the NHS that sustainability is incorporated into the design. We will also carry out a BREEAM pre-assessment and a quality assurance role to ensure the energy modelling is addressed robustly.
The hospital is due to be built by 2015.