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Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Brighton, UK Kajima, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust £37m 2007 7

Project details

A revolutionary boat-inspired hospital buoyed by family values.

We created the ‘Children’s Ark’ — a sustainable community built around user needs, the concept of the family and Brighton’s nautical spirit.

Clinical studies helped us plan departments: the top decks house parents’ accommodation, a staff lounge and children’s play decks open to sea and sun, while inpatients are above clinical support with outpatients below.

Furniture and windows are child-scaled and all bedrooms have sea views. Meanwhile balconies provide relaxation areas on every floor and the central atrium binds all levels, delivering natural light and acting as a social hub.

A wonderful iconic, innovative, functional building encompassing all the requirements of a world-class children’s and young people’s hospital.

Brighton and Sussex University

Brief

  • design a new children’s hospital — one of only seven dedicated paediatric hospitals in the UK
  • maximise space on a very tight site

Results

  • successful centralisation of regional paediatric services
  • widespread international recognition
  • a reassuring and optimistic experience for children, families and staff
  • awards: Civic Trust Award 2009, The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award 2008, Design and Health Academy Award (Healthcare Design Project Award) 2007, Building Better Healthcare Award (Highly Commended — Best Designed Hospital and Winner, Best Client Team) 2007, Health Business Award (Hospital Building Award) 2007, Mix Interiors Award 2008 (Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year)

Integrated services

architecture, interior design, graphic design, environmental engineering, structural engineering, lighting, acoustics