UCLH Heart Hospital


Project description:

The UCLH Heart Hospital is one of the UK’s major cardiac centres, offering dedicated, specialist care and a unique range of services. At the forefront of national and international research, thousands of patients benefit from their cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical techniques.

Medical Architecture was selected to review the existing arrangement and identify opportunities to increase clinical capacity without major disruption. Working closely with the hospital clinical and estates team we identified several minor adaptations which would provide additional high quality bed capacity.

The project had several challenges. Working in a live clinical environment required carefully phased construction planning and good communication with ward staff to ensure that existing operations were not disrupted. The existing facility had a number of features which were incorporated into the new design to ensure a seamless new interior environment. Derogations from standard guidance which were appraised with Trust staff to ensure risks were properly mitigated. The project was completed on time and on budget, with patients moving in almost immediately after the works completed.

“The scheme is described by UCLH as a success because of the complete and total buy in to complete the project from all members of the project team, from Infection Control, Fire, Senior and Ward Managers at The Heart Hospital to Facilities Management, the Design Team and the Patients.” – John Clucas, Construction Project Manager, UCLH NHS FT.

The Heart Hospital, London


University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Architect, Health Planner


Completed 2013


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