Ulster Maternity Unit

Ulster Community Hospital initially commissioned WGI to carry out an analysis of the sites and properties within its ownership and assist in setting out a strategic development plan. The commission for a state-of-the-art Maternity Unit was one of the identified redevelopment phases, won in association with Todd Architects following a competitive interview process.

Having considered the cost and other implications for various configurations, a new built standalone unit on the existing hospital site was the preferred option. It provides outpatient facilities, day obstetric unit, delivery suites, theatres, neonatal unit, maternity wards and a home-from-home birthing suite. The design follows aesthetic guidelines already established by WGI and Todd Architects within the strategic plan. As healthcare planner leading the internal space planning, WGI collaborated closely with not only the Trust and its staff but also local mothers, giving a unique insight into what they and their babies would need from a maternity unit - and how that could be translated into the design. This ensures that it will continue to meet their needs well into the future.


Date: 2007
Location: Belfast, N. Ireland
Client: Ulster Community Hospital
Value: £10m
Service: Healthcare Planning Design