Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ulster Hospital’s stunning new 30,000m2 Inpatient ward block is the latest healthcare project to emerge from the multi award winning collaboration of Avanti Architects and Kennedy Fitzgerald architects.

The new Inpatient facility is the first building completed, and opened, as part of this major £261m redevelopment and replaces an earlier 1960’s building to provide up to date healthcare accommodation in an accessible, safe and therapeutic environment.

“The design concept was driven forward together with the Trust,” Project Lead Andrew McKeown of Avanti Architects explains “One of the key features of the design was access to natural light, knowing the benefits that this brings to the patient and working environments.” The large full height windows ensure that all departments feel strongly connected to nature, providing views of fields surrounding the hospital site or generously landscaped central courtyards with integrated uplifting artwork.

The six storey building provides a new Day Surgery, Endoscopy and Angiography department, a Cardiac Investigation Unit, a Pharmacy, a Public Café and 12 inpatient wards comprising 288 single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.  Early engagement with the Client team allowed a full scale mock up of the bedrooms to be constructed and tested with the users prior to sign off. The result is a fully integrated modern facility, carefully crafted to suit the needs of patients, visitors and staff.


Building Better Healthcare Awards 2017 – Award for Best External Environment – Winner

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2017 – Award for Best Acute Hospital Development – Highly Commended

Building Magazine Project of the Year 2017 – shortlisted

CEF Awards 2017 – Best Healthcare Infrastructure Award & Overall Award

Building & Architect of the Year Awards 2017 – Medical & Health – Shortlisted

European Healthcare Design Awards 2017 – Healthcare Design (Over 25,000sqm) – 2nd Place – Highly commended

Build Back Better Gold Award for innovative technical design 2021 – Winner

BREEAM – Very Good


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Largest construction project in Northern Ireland opens at Ulster Hospital

“This hospital is a state-of-the-art facility which can deliver the very highest health care and it is going to serve us for the next 50 years and beyond, so it needs to be of good quality. The single rooms mean we can afford more privacy and dignity to our patients.”

Director of hospital services at the South Eastern Trust Seamus McGorran

“We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone.  Having commenced the project in 2013, through successful partnering with the Trust, the Design Team and our supply chain, we achieved close collaboration with all the necessary stakeholders.  We feel that by this collaboration we have helped to deliver innovation, value and efficiency on one of the most prestigious healthcare framework projects in the UK and Ireland.”

Peter Reavey, Director, Graham Bam Healthcare Partnership (Contractor)

Location Belfast, UK

Area 78,000m²

Status Under Construction

Photographer Donal McCann & Roy Moore