Wards 5A+B and ITU/HDU, Bristol Royal Infirmary
2009 - 2011
Our initial appointment was to undertake a major re-design of Wards 5 A+B to provide privacy and dignity to linked wards of mixed male and female bed bays. A completely new air handling and conditioning system was installed together with new electrical, fire and medical services systems.
The brief developed to include a major upgrade of the existing intensive treatment (ITU) and high dependency (HDU) unit on the floor below Wards 5A+B, served by dedicated new plant. New high care cubicles presented particular design challenges, requiring clear visibility of patients from the nursing station as well as careful control of the internal environment of each bay through negative pressurisation to reduce the risk of cross infection. After extensive consultations with clinicians, we developed a purpose designed, fully glazed, patient room using standard components, with intelligent controls, to meet the demanding clinical requirements. We also designed bespoke floor mounted services bollards for use throughout the unit.
The colours and finishes were specifically chosen to create a calm, efficient and reassuring atmosphere throughout, and a high level of design co-ordination ensured that all services were fully concealed but accessible for maintenance.
The project was undertaken in the centre of a busy hospital complex and completed in 2011.