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The New Papworth Hospital is currently under construction in Cambridge, England. It is being built in a single phase in a new location, some 15 miles from the old one.
The specialized cardiothoracic hospital will provide patients, staff and the local and international community with a leading edge healthcare facility. Its design combines a highly efficient clinical layout with a stunning external appearance, and all this is set in beautifully landscaped grounds which capture the essence of the original rurally located tuberculosis hospital that grew to become the pioneering heart and lung treatment and transplant center of excellence that the hospital is today.
The new facility will sit at the heart of the newly forming Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which aims to combine world-class biomedical research, patient care and education on a single site through the co-location of bio-tech companies alongside the existing 12,000-strong community of healthcare professionals and research scientists. This campus is therefore set to become one of the leading biomedical centers in the world by 2020.
BIM technology will be used in the design phase to maximize energy efficiency and ensure the hospital offers long-term flexibility. The technology is also being used to engage clinicians in the construction process.
Short facts: • 40,000m2• 310 beds• 7 operating theatres• 5 catheterization labs
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Service: Public Private Partnerships
Market segment: Medical, healthcare and welfare
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At the flagship New Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, we have been able to involve doctors and nurses in the design through 3D visualisations. Using interactive simulations and immersive caves, it’s facilitated a hugely beneficial collaborative process. It will ensure that the design of operating theatres, wards and public spaces are the best they can be, for both patients and clinical staff.
Skanska has partnered with Equitix to deliver the New Papworth Hospital, a world-class specialist healthcare facility based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. When completed in 2018, the £140 million project will provide 300 beds, seven operating theatres, five catheterisation labs and imaging and outpatient facilities within a 40,000sqm area.
A collaborative approach
To optimise the design for each room, we invited client, healthcare and facilities management teams to get involved in the development of clinical drawings and room data sheets. With more than 150 room types, and as many as eight staff to consult for each, this could have been a very time-consuming process.
We facilitated these consultations using interactive 3D models which showed the room and all the equipment it would house – with virtual reality technology providing the potential to explore it from every angle. Clinicians could see how they would perform their role within the space, leading to meaningful feedback within a short period of time.
Many rooms were completely re- planned during the meeting to suit specialist practices. A touch screen was provided which meant that clinicians could rearrange the furniture and equipment themselves. The same technology was used for other spaces, including the atrium and waiting areas. This collaborative approach has helped to engage and excite more stakeholders in the process while leading to the best possible design solutions.
By ensuring the right information is available to the right people at the right time we reduced the time required to gain these valuable insights. We were able to reach an
in-principle agreement with the client after just one or two meetings per room type, instead of the five meetings per room type as outlined in the schedule. This represents a significant time saving, as well as reduced pressure on the client to provide staff for consultations.
“NHS staff are incredibly busy people. Our BIM based 3D room design technology was extremely well received by the Trust as their users, alongside our clinical planners, could complete the complex room design and equipping process in a fraction of the time taken if only 2D drawings were available.”
Richard SpencerProject Director, Skanska Infrastructure Development
“Skanska adopted touchscreen technology during the successful bidding for Papworth Hospital, in conjunction with BIM. This enabled maximum client engagement in finding the preferred room layout at 1:50 scale. It also meant that the selected configuration could be agreed and ‘ frozen’ at the end of each client session then downloaded straight into the architectural model.”
Adrian SpragueDesign Consultant