A state-of-the-art facility designed by BDP opens in Fife
The new wing at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife has been opened recently with a 500 bed extension to the existing hospital. The space aims to improve the healthcare delivery in the region with a particular focus on the needs of the patients. The facility contains eleven operating theatres and a new A+E department as well as offering a range of other services including maternity, paediatric, renal and critical care.
The geometry and massing of the new hospital relate to the grain of the site, its stepped form mediating between the urban scale of the existing hospital building to the north-west and the suburban scale of the adjoining residential area to the north-east.
The design is formed from a medium rise modern variant of the podium and tower format of the existing building. Diagnostic and treatment space is located in an extensive two-storey podium, offering maximum flexibility to accommodate future changes in clinical practice and technology.
This podium is subdivided by wide landscaped courtyards, assisting orientation and providing daylight and long views. Wards are accommodated in contrasting straight or wave form elements located in the upper four storeys above the podium, providing a variety of ward sizes to suit NHS Fife’s brief.