The latest phase of the major £261m redevelopment programme at Ulster Hospital in Belfast, the 32,000m2 Acute Services Block, is now completed.  Located adjacent to the Inpatient Ward Block of the same size which was completed in 2017, the Acute Services Block adopts the same design principles of generously planned, light filled spaces enjoying pleasant external views, which provide a safe and therapeutic environment for patients, staff and visitors. The building is connected to the surrounding hospital by a series of glazed links which border generously landscaped courtyards where colour and artworks define each space.

The eight storey Acute Services Block provides 170 beds within Generic and Specialist Wards, including Acute Assessment, Stroke, Renal and Gynaecology. Other facilities include an Emergency Department with Observation and Ambulatory Care Beds, a Radiology Department with Nuclear Medicine, Therapy Areas, a restaurant and central kitchen, staff changing, mortuary and FM facilities.

Following the completion of the Acute Services Block, Avanti Architects’ masterplan proposes that the an existing outdated 1960s Ward Block will be demolished and new links will be formed between the new buildings and the existing outpatient’s hospital.

A future phase in the overall masterplan will provide a new Acute Treatment Centre and Children’s Unit, connecting to the new buildings. On completion, the remaining parts of the old hospital will be demolished and the remaining area will be landscaped to provide a new public main entrance and identity to the Ulster Hospital.

Link to video tour of the new Acute Services Block


RSUA Design Awards 2023:

– RIBA Regional Award

– RSUA Design Award

– RSUA Sustainability Award

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2022:

– Grand Prix Design Award

– Best Healthcare Development (over £10m)

IHEEM New build project of the year – shortlisted 2022

Build Back Better Gold Award 2021

CEF Construction Excellence Awards 2021 – Health Infrastructure Award – shortlisted


Health & Life Sciences, Hospitals, Irish, New Build, Northern Ireland,

New inpatient and emergency core at the heart of the redeveloped hospital

“We are immensely proud of the Acute Services Block which delivers state of the art facilities to improve infection control, patient experience, privacy and dignity and will provide our staff with fit for purpose, modern facilities in which to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.”
Trust Chief Executive Roisin Coulter

Area 32,000 sq.m

Status Complete

Photographer Donald McCann