Sector: Health Care

West Cornwall Hospital, Royal Cornwall Hospital

Project Description

SDS were appointed by Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to undertake a non-invasive, visual survey of the existing services at West Cornwall Hospital. Provide initial design proposals to improve adjacencies and environments for patients, visitors and staff, to reduce the amount of poor quality estate

Option appraisals were carried out on the hospital including, carrying out site works, vacating Bellair and selling for the housing market. Providing a new build outpatients department to allow existing outpatients to be vacated and sold to housing market. Also reconfigure sub-optimal car park to re-provide lost spaces

SDS undertook reporting on buildability, quality, performance, value and access in relation to the building services. Including implications of timescales, site infrastructure implications and engineering works scope

The initial scope was to look at the Outpatients Department, providing clinic accommodation for 71 different consultants serving around 40,000 patients each year. But also Bellair Health Centre that delivers a range of community services to patients in the west of the county.

Feasibility study to provide appropriate design options

Project Involvement

Working closely with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to understand and propose options of suitable design development

Provided preliminary information on specialist mechanical and electrical systems, such as performance specification, loads, schedules and principal metering strategy

Systems included in the survey included the existing heating / ventilation / air conditioning / lighting / fire alarms / hot and cold water / switchboards and power

Carrying out survey of the departments within a live hospital environment

Considerations of existing services located within and adjacent to the proposed areas of development were looked at including; medical gas, air and vacuum plant/bottle stores and generator room.

Project Benefits

Pro-active advice on the engineering requirements of the Health Technical Memorandum and Health Building Notes

Identified infrastructure implications associated with each option

Engagement with the design team, to review the implications of the various design options, key risks and opportunities.