RIBA and RSUA wins for Ulster Acute Services Block

23 MAY 2023

We are pleased to announce the acclaimed Ulster Hospital Acute Services Block, in association with Kennedy FitzGerald Architects, has been presented the RIBA Regional Award, the RSUA Design Award and the RSUA Sustainability Award at the 2023 ceremony.

The £118m project is the most recent addition to the £281m Ulster Hospital masterplan, encompassing a range of facilities. It comprises 170 beds distributed across Generic and Specialist Wards, serving various medical needs such as Acute Assessment, Stroke, Renal, and Gynaecology. Furthermore, the project features an Emergency Department equipped with Observation and Ambulatory Care Beds, a Radiology Department offering Nuclear Medicine services, therapy areas, a restaurant, central kitchen, staff changing facilities, a mortuary, and FM facilities.

The Acute Services Block, along with the rest of the buildings within the masterplan, has been meticulously designed to seamlessly integrate into the existing hospital infrastructure. Its purpose is not only to enhance the hospital’s overall functionality but also to progressively elevate its standards by introducing contemporary, thoughtfully designed, and highly sustainable structures. These buildings aim to provide the local community with modern healthcare services within a fully accessible, secure, and therapeutic environment.

To ensure optimal performance and efficiency, a servicing strategy has been implemented throughout the patient areas. This strategy combines a high-performance sealed envelope with mechanical ventilation, incorporating chilled beams. This approach guarantees favourable internal conditions throughout the year while addressing concerns regarding infection control. Additionally, it minimizes the risk of pollution during the phased construction and demolition processes carried out on the site.

Read the RIBA Journal article here.



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“The Acute Services Block has provided state of the art facilities to improve infection control, patient experience, privacy and dignity while providing our staff with fit for purpose, modern facilities in which to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. It has provided essential links with both the recently constructed Inpatient Ward Block and Critical Care Complex, enhancing patient flow and visitor access throughout the Ulster Hospital site.

The success of a project of this scale does not happen by accident; it requires significant planning, design, project management and relies on a dedicated, skilled and multi-disciplinary team. The Trust is very proud of this new state of the art building.”

Naomi Dunbar, Assistant Director of Strategic and Capital Development, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust


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