£840m contract tops Nightingale's best

Jenny Williams
06 Nov 2009

Super-hospital helps Nightingale Associates defy recession with largest ever win

Nightingale Associates, as part of the Brookfield Constructions UK consortium, are to design the £840 million Southern General ‘super hospital’ in Glasgow city centre, it was announced today. The New South Glasgow Hospital Campus will not only be the largest contract won in the practice’s twenty year history, but will also be one of the largest hospitals ever commissioned to be built in the UK.

The new complex, for which outline planning permission has already been secured, will span 170,000 sq m and will be one of the largest 'health campuses' in Europe. It will centralise acute services currently provided by three different hospitals and comprise of a 1,100-bed adult hospital; 240-bed children’s hospital; laboratory facilities and support accommodation. The development will contain new features including a cancer hospital; cardiothoracic service and cardiology unit; two maternity units; two ambulatory care hospitals, state-of-the-art screening laboratory and an A&E department.

Neil Murphy, Principal of the London studio, said: “This is an extremely significant opportunity for Nightingale Associates. Not only for the size of the contract, but also because it marks another very significant step forward for us into the Scottish healthcare market. We are extremely excited at this news and very much looking forward to working with Brookfield Construction and the Board over the coming years.”

Of the unique design Murphy said: “One of the main design features is the integration of the adult and the children’s hospitals. While each are separate buildings with their own unique identities, there are many interlinking features that will create a strong relationship between the two. Internally and externally, the use of colour will play a major role in this. Colour and texture will be used to define different areas and functions within the complex and to create appropriate identities. Natural light will be maximised where possible and attention will be given to providing pleasing views both inside the building and out. The use of colour and other design solutions will also be used for way-finding purposes, allowing users to self-navigate with ease throughout the buildings’ many functions.”

The new South Glasgow Hospital will form a large part of a period of dramatic change for client, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (the Board). Over the past ten years, it has been developing its Acute Services Review to modernise and revolutionise acute adult and children’s health services in Glasgow.

Nightingale Associates also worked with health planners, Tribal. Completed in four phases, it will be funded by public capital. The advanced design stage is now expected to start within the coming weeks, with construction of the first phase – the adults and children’s hospitals – due to start onsite in November 2010. The project will then reach final completion of all stages in 2015.

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