Queen Victoria Hospital
The patient centred redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) site has transformed the experience of both patients and staff.
Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) is a specialist centre for reconstructive surgery and its operating theatres were in urgent need of replacement. P+HS Architects were appointed in July 2011 as part of the P21+ Willmott Dixon team, to design and deliver a significant redevelopment of a new surgical centre with ten modern theatres, admissions suites, day surgery unit and centrally located ancillary accommodation. The inclusion of a Block Bay in the new unit is thought to be unique: this centralised specialist facility for regional anaesthetic enhances patient flow to theatres and improves overall efficiency. Designed in close consultation with stakeholders, the new scheme was delivered in two phases:
Phase 1: Six theatres and support accommodation completed June 2013
Phase 2: Four theatres and support accommodation completed April 2014
Working on a live hospital site necessitated careful phasing to minimise disruption. In order to meet the challenging schedule an innovative SFS wall system was used. Here pre-insulated walling panels were manufactured offsite concurrently with the onsite construction of the foundations and floor slab: panels were then delivered and craned straight into position. This significantly reduced the build programme and minimised deliveries and trades on site.
The scheme was designed using BIM which helped clinical teams to visualise the proposed works and contribute to the refinement of the design proposals.