Newcastle Hospitals PFI


Newcastle Hospitals PFI

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

RPS undertook the detail design for the Mechanical and Electrical Services for the major £300 million redevelopment of two operational hospitals procured under HMG’s PFI procurement vehicle.

The Royal Victoria Infirmary comprises over 65,000m2 of new build facilities in the centre of the site and dissects the primary service route of the existing hospital.

The facilities provide a focus for trauma services and comprise Adult and Paediatric Theatre Suites, Adult ITU, PICU, A&E and Paediatric A&E, Pathology, Radiology, Hydrotherapy, 60 person Medicinema, Roof Top Helipad, Dermatology, Outpatients Department, Mortuary, Infectious Diseases Unit incorporating VHF Suite and a Clinical Offices Building incorporating an Education Centre, 150 seat lecture theatre and department offices.

The development also incorporates the new Great North Children’s Hospital with Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Suites facilities for Severe Combined Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (SCIDS), Oncology wards and a Teenage Cancer Treatment facility.

The works at the Freeman Hospital constituted a 22,000m2 new development to house The Northern Centre for Cancer Care and won the Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Hospital Design in 2008.

The aim has been to achieve a facility which is largely naturally ventilated. Natural ventilation is supplemented by mechanical ventilation and in some cases cooling/air conditioning where the internal temperatures conditions could not be controlled within the trusts defined limits by natural ventilation alone.

The use of natural light has been encouraged by the use of a central atrium which greatly assists with daylight penetration. Glazing has been selected for the optimum balance of daylight, heat gain and glare. Artificial lighting is daylight controlled so reducing energy consumption.

Detailed Dynamic Thermal modelling has been carried out for all buildings in order to select glazing type, solar shading and to forecast energy consumption for each building.