UK's first transplantation centre approved

Wednesday 15 Jul 2009

£30million institute will be built at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

The UK’s first purpose built transplantation centre, designed by Ryder Architecture, has received planning approval.

Being built at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, which is world renowned for pioneering transplant surgery, the new building is a direct response to the government’s Organ Donation Taskforce recommendation to increase the number of organ donations by 50% by 2013.

The institute will be completed in spring 2011 and 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.

BAM is the ProCure 21 principal supply chain partner (PSCP), with architects Ryder, structural engineers Arup, services engineer TGA and Waterman Group which is providing landscape architecture services.

BAM is at the forefront of UK public sector healthcare frameworks through ProCure21, Welsh Health Estates “Designed for Life” and Frameworks Scotland. BAM has completed or actively engaged in over £900m of health projects.

Paul Cleminson, BAM Construction said: “BAM are privileged to be selected as the preferred health partner to deliver the Institute of Transplantation and we shall draw upon our experience to ensure the aspirations of the Trust are fully realised in what will be a remarkable facility.”

Mike Melia, Ryder Architecture said: “We have aimed to maximise patient and staff comfort through a number of measures including access to natural day light and attractive views whilst providing a highly technical environment capable of supporting the medical teams now and allowing for future developments.

“The institute is a positive and attractive addition to the existing hospital campus which will remain live throughout construction.”

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. It provides 8,946 sq m floor area of which 1,168 sq m is basement store accommodation.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "The institute will bring together transplant physicians, surgeons and scientists in one dedicated unit. Patients will benefit from a truly multi-disciplinary team approach to transplantation and we will be able to increase the number of solid organ transplants we can carry out.”

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