Topping out ceremony for new hospital buildings

Thursday, 26 March 2009

A topping out ceremony for the new Pathology Sciences and Learning & Research buildings at Southmead Hospital will take place on Friday, March 27.
The new £50 million buildings are an important forerunner for the new hospital and are due to open later this year.
Learning & Research will accommodate training and education facilities plus the research activities currently undertaken at Southmead by the University of Bristol.
Inside will be a superb 132-seat lecture theatre with modern high specification audio-visual equipment. In addition there will be a wide range of training facilities for all North Bristol NHS Trust staff – both clinical and non-clinical.
The state-of-the-art technology in the building will allow for live link-ups with the operating theatres in the Trust to enhance and improve the learning experience.
And the introduction of video conferencing – which is an exciting new development for the Trust – will encourage the sharing of knowledge and skills with other trust and organisations in the UK and abroad – expanding access to an even wider range of resources.
The design of the new building also includes measures to ensure energy efficiency and sustainability.
For example, ground source heat pumps have been included as a source of energy for the building. This has both efficiency benefits whilst also reducing the overall carbon footprint. The buildings also have glazing on all elevations to increase the natural daylight, whilst screening to the windows has also been included to reduce glare and overheating.
Pathology Sciences will house a fully automated laboratory for routine blood science work along with specialist blood transfusion, biochemistry and immunology laboratories.
In addition, it will provide laboratory space for the regional genetics services that are currently housed in the Lewis Laboratories at Southmead.
The automated laboratory will utilise the most modern technology available and its systems will process more than five million tests every year.
With 70-80 percent of all diagnostic and treatment decisions involving pathology, a fully modernised service is essential to delivering effective healthcare.
The development also includes a large landscaped plaza and an internal bike store which will service both buildings, supporting North Bristol NHS Trust’s commitment to encourage green travel.
Offices in the buildings are mostly open plan and will provide a high quality work environment with facilities for staff to take rest breaks in relaxing surroundings.
Once staff from the existing pathology and academic buildings relocate into their new premises, demolition work can begin on the old buildings in preparation for the development of the new super-hospital which will open its doors in 2013/14.
Sonia Mills, Chief Executive, said:
“Pathology Sciences and Learning & Research really are first class buildings. Architectural design and attention to high quality materials and finish means that we have buildings designed to the very highest specification and I know our staff will enjoy working in them.
“They will provide a bright and airy working environment utilising the very latest in modern technology.”