The UK’s first dedicated institute of transplantation achieves planning approval.
The UK’s first purpose built transplantation centre, designed by Ryder Architecture, has received planning approval.The £30M institute will be built at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, which is world renowned for pioneering transplant surgery. It is a direct response to the government’s Organ Donation Taskforce recommendation to increase the number of organ donations by 50% by 2013.
The centre will contain four operating theatres equipped to undertake simultaneous organ transplants, critical care and general inpatient beds, outpatient facilities and a 100 seat lecture theatre, seminar and meeting rooms.
The four storey building with a central landscaped courtyard has simple clean lines and uses traditional materials such as brick as well as patinated copper, rainscreen and full height curtain wall glazing protected externally with aluminium profile brise soleil. The institute will provide 8,946 sqm floor area when the institute is completed in spring 2011.