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University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Audiology
Willmott Dixon Interiors were appointed by University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the design and build refurbishment of the Audiology department at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (RACH). The project was awarded through the collaborative Procurement Hub framework.
The Trust wanted to modernise and improve the environment of its Audiology department. They took this opportunity to relocate Audiology from the adjacent Barry Building and to integrate its existing services with the main children’s hospital.
Creating space for the new centre saw the demolition and strip out of former administration and office areas at RACH. We installed new structural steel in the building, alongside new raised floors, fire doors and live services. Built to a high acoustic standard, finishes include acoustic vinyl flooring and acoustic ceilings throughout.
Four purpose-built audiology booths have been created in the new testing facility, as well as new office space, a repair room and a vestibular room for balance and sensory testing.
Providing a more efficient streamlined service through its integration with the main children’s hospital, we have transformed the experience of patients and staff through this project.
- Provides a more efficient streamlined service, improved patient flow and a modern environment for staff and patients.
- Transformed the Audiology department into a modern space within the main hospital, improving patient experience.
- Completed ahead of programme by 2 weeks.
In line with our Now or Never strategy, we reduced waste by recycling demolition materials for future use; resulting in a £8k sustainability benefit to the customer. Items including radiators, lighting and ceiling tiles have been salvaged for use elsewhere within the hospital, and 99% of construction waste was diverted from landfill. We achieved an outstanding CCS score of 44/45.
During delivery, we invested into the local community through careers events, work experience placements and more than 50 visits by local school and college students. Raising over £3,500 for charity through initiatives including the Brighton 10K, and we donated 70 hours of time in volunteering with local good causes.