Negative Pressure Outpatients Consulting Suites, new expanded MRI department providing 4 new MRI machines.

One of the outcomes of this work was to provide a new Outpatients Department to Level 6 to allow decanting of vital clinical services. The design narrative uses biophilic principles, to achieve a sense of quiet, calm that helps to de-stress patients, visitors and staff. The use of curved forms, natural colours, and timber look finishes to create softness and warmth and reduce the clinical feel of spaces, whilst also meeting stringent infection control requirements.

The colour palette also informs the wayfinding – colour draws users through the space with timber-look battens defining waiting areas. To inform this narrative, a rigorous stakeholder engagement process took place to establish the key aspirations, operational objectives and opportunities for the department. The design brief looked to maximise capacity and spatial efficiencies for the space-poor hospital.


The scheme provides fifteen new consulting rooms – including a larger fully accessible consult – two procedure rooms as well as associated staff and support spaces. A critical part of the design brief was for the consulting spaces to be negative pressure to help prevent the spread of airborne particles to enable operational capacity to be maximised in pandemic conditions.

Acoustic performance was also a key requirement – both from a comfort and privacy perspective – which was challenging given the air-tightness requirements of the negative pressure spaces. This meant working closely with the consultant team to achieve bespoke solutions to each space to ensure the highest standards are met. The project included complex staging and decanting to undertake the construction works in a live hospital environment, managing the underslung works to the in-patient unit below required considerable careful coordination with client, builder, consultants and key hospital stakeholders.

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