A phased delivery approach for Newham Hospital’s maternity unit refurbishment/extension reduces disruption and enhances the building’s facilities, technology and energy efficiency.
With London Borough of Newham’s birth rate being one of the highest in the country, Newham University Hospital NHS Trust urgently required an extension and redevelopment of the existing 1970s maternity ward and theatres.
The brief was to redevelop and modernise 4 wards and 2 theatres. The main challenge encompassed the nature of the project as a refurbishment within a live hospital environment, rather than an entirely new build. This project necessitated several complex customer requirements:
- Create significantly more space to incorporate state-of-the-art technologies by linking existing buildings together through 3 new integrated extensions.
- Ensure that patient health and safety was at the heart of the project with hygiene, safety and comfort being at the forefront of the design and construction process.
- Improve time efficiencies and department links for staff; ensure that the patient transferring process was made easier and more private.
- That the building service packages centered on improved hygiene and energy consumption.