New Urology Centre

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Project Name: Urology Centre

Location: Royal Surrey County Hospital

Value: £3.3m

Principal Consultants: ADP Architects, Clarke Bond, CBG

Project Duration: 65 weeks

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This world leading urology centre for Royal Surrey County Hospital will span approximately 1600m² across two floors, comprising consultancy rooms and meeting areas, to facilitate patient treatment together with ground breaking research facilities. The new facility will provide significant increased capacity and convenience for people in the south of England and will ease current long waiting times, diagnostic delays, availability of specialist equipment and treatments.

Scope of works:
The 65 week project comprises the formation of a two storey new build centre, to provide a centralised hub for the Urology department. Additionally, the proposed building is to provide consultation and treatment rooms, administrative and staff accommodation, clinical facilities and a new lecture facilities.

Constructed on pad foundations, this steel frame building takes on a contemporary style, featuring a curved front, open atrium entrance and is further enhanced externally by copper cladding panels, along with white rendered walls and complementary Atlas Blue facing bricks and a flat roof.

Enabling works include the diversion of existing live utility service cables. The new building hosts extensive air handling and ventilation equipment, along with specialist electrical installations.

Collaborative working and added value:
Having previously successfully delivered a comprehensive surgical theatre project for RSCH, we have an established relationship with the team and a good working knowledge of hospital. This experience has assisted with a prompt efficient start to the project, excellent teamwork, good communications and mutual trust being the benchmark for a successful project.

Key challenges:
With a very tight budget and high specification build we were challenged to consider all options, including an initial comprehensive value engineering exercise to identify best value whilst retaining integrity of design and finishes. We will undertake ongoing monitoring and review throughout the construction phase. Further consideration was given to minimising disruption to patients, staff and visitors during the works as this was a key concern of the Trust.

With more than 20 years’ experience working in similar hospital environments, we have established procedures and controls in place to meet these requirements, together healthcare trained operatives.

The logistical challenges of constructing a new building within a restricted occupied hospital site include ensuring the safety of the general public and hospital staff, operating a safe and professional site with minimal impact on the hospital’s adjacent buildings.

In order to do this, we have re-routed pedestrian footpaths and closed the adjacent vehicle access route, ensuring that our site is safely segregated from the rest of the hospital.

We have also been working with the client to relocate departments in adjacent buildings prior to the works starting. This includes logistical moves to relocate the audiology department to ensure that patients would not be effected by noisy works.

“The Trust already achieves fantastic outcomes for its urology patients and the new facility will ensure an excellent experience during their treatment. Together, we can realise our dream of creating a true centre of urological excellence. This will benefit not only Royal Surrey’s patients, but people from throughout the UK and beyond.”