The Challenge:

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust earmarked £97.1m to invest in new facilities at Heartlands Hospital to transform healthcare services to meet the evolving needs of the population. It will boost the Trust’s capacity to meet the growing and changing healthcare requirements of local people, with state-of-the-art facilities providing services including day case surgery, endoscopy, interventional radiology, outpatient appointments and imaging on the Heartlands Hospital site, seeing up to 1,500 patients per day.

With a construction value of £59m, Kier and its supply chain were given the challenge of designing and delivering the new facility, delivering on the area’s key priority for the Sustainability Transformation Plan. A key challenge for our team is to deliver ACAD whilst ensuring that the hospital’s core business continues to be delivered in a safe and pleasant environment; maintaining the blue light services and be aware of working in and around vulnerable patient groups.

The Solution:

ACAD is due to open in 2022, the building will cover a 16,000m² footprint, with each floor being around 3,600m² – approximately half the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium. The new build will provide a modern, spacious environment purpose-built to meet the needs of our patients with dementia-friendly and accessible design features. Through our extensive experience of working in live hospital environments, we were able to provide key processes to protect the hospital’s service, such as site segregation, vibration and dust control. All of our site operatives are made aware of the appropriate behaviour protocol through daily site meetings, inductions and tool box talks.

Built to the highest construction and environmental standards, ACAD will make use of sustainable features to reduce its carbon footprint. The centre will contain:

  • Ambulatory Imaging
  • Outpatients
  • Therapies
  • Day Surgery
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Audiology
  • Endoscopy
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Urology Treatment Centre

The Impact:

ACAD will deliver new ways of working and embrace the latest technologies, all whilst delivering the best possible care and high-quality specialist services. The co-location of these services will enable a better purpose-built environment for staff and patients, with brand new technology at the highest specification and it will have new shared spaces and paper-lite systems, with the goal of being a paperless building.

The new Outpatients department will feature multi-language, and disabled-friendly, self-check-in kiosks for patients. Way finding facilities will be available on each floor, aiding patients and staff to quickly familiarise themselves with the new building and patients can wait for their appointment in large, comfortable waiting areas.

There will be wheelchair friendly toilets on every level, as well as a changing places toilet available for patients and staff with complex disabilities, baby changing facilities and patient changing rooms and lockers.

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