The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, located at Queen Square, Bloomsbury, is the UK’s largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital. This project supported the Hospital’s strategy to increase its clinical capacity and reduce waiting times by providing 40 new beds in new inpatient wards across three floors.

Each floor was stripped back to its bare structure and drainage pipes. A number of significant design challenges were overcome. Planning consent was negotiated for a new roof top plant within a conservation area. As the building was occupied, we carefully planned the work in phases to minimise disturbance to staff and patients on the other floors. We developed quick design solutions to safeguard the programme when both asbestos and fire hazards were discovered upon opening up the building fabric. By using BIM we were able to model complex construction and coordinate building services within very tight spaces.

The result is a calm and healing environment for patients and staff. We took the decision early that each patient should have a direct view to the mature trees of the adjacent protected London Square. This led to a simple and clearly zoned plan.

“The Trust carried out a patient satisfaction survey on the completed Queen Mary Wing wards. Patients rated the environment very highly scoring QMW ‘Excellent’. We are very pleased.” – Senior Project Manager. UCLH

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London


University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Interior Designer


Completed March 2017


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