Ulster Critical Care Complex

Following a competitive interview process, Northern Ireland's South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust initially commissioned WGI, in association with another architect, to carry out an analysis of its sites and properties to assist in preparing its strategic development plan. The Critical Care Complex became one of the identified redevelopment phases and WGI's second commission for the Trust. The brief centred on designing a new build extension to the existing hospital to accommodate seven state-of-the-art theatres, endoscopy facilities, 16-bed intensive care unit, central sterilisation department, laboratory facilities and administration offices. WGI's role as healthcare planners began with user group meetings to discuss the hospital's clinical planning.

The resulting design for the complex, hailed as one of the most technologically advanced healthcare buildings in the UK, embodied the latest best practices. The layout maximises efficiency and optimises patient flow through surgery, recovery and ITU, with sterile services and laboratories close by to minimise delays. Future expansion is also fully catered for in the design, catering for expected increase in demand.


Date: 2006
Location: Belfast, N. Ireland
Client: Ulster Hospital, Dundonald
Value: £25m
Service: Healthcare Planning Design