Since 2000 we have been working on a £123m phased redevelopment to transform the acute hospital campus at Altnagelvin, Derry providing extensive experience in working within complex live clinical environments. This has been in partnership with HLM Architects.
In consultation with the client, we developed a strategic masterplan for the site at the outset to enable the delivery of the model of care envisaged. This included the development of a new hospital street, refurbishment of the existing 10 storey ward tower and the building of two major extensions to the north and south of the site. The delivery of this has required multiple enabling works contracts, decant contracts and detailed project planning to ensure ongoing patient safety, and continuity and resilience of services.
The first phase of the development was an enabling works contract designed to smooth the path for subsequent phases. Included within this contract were an extensive package of car parks, roads and services infrastructure and the creation of two new 28 bed wards with an overall value of £9M.
The second and third phases created the new build South Wing, which provides key services including: maternity and neo–natal, haematology and oncology, elderly care wards, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy, as well as providing a new patient records department and staff changing facilities. This allowed decanting and refurbishment of the main tower.
Three storeys of mixed use accommodation were added in the third phase which provided Cardiac Services, Adult Acute inpatients, secretarial, seminar and a variety of other non–clinical spaces configured around landscaped courtyards and all connected by the new ‘hospital streets’. An Arts Procurement Strategy provided integrated art within each phase – both inside and outside the building.
Further phases of enabling and decanting provided an Endoscopy Suite, multi–storey car park, refurbished theatres and new Mortuary, whilst clearing the way for the new Radiotherapy Department (by others) and the North Block projects currently on site. The latest £45m north extension provides the remaining in–patient wards linked into the hospital street network leading to a new arrival point and entrance and administration wing.
This last piece of the original Masterplan will see the Acute hospital entirely reimagined whilst remaining in full operation. The South Wing, opened in 2009 by the Queen, has won several design awards and international Healthcare awards.