The Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services to over 500,000 people across the Bradford district in the UK. Its Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary is one of Bradford’s most well-known hospital buildings, where over 200,000 babies have been born since it was established over 50 years ago.
Built in the 1960s, the façade of the hospital’s Women’s and New-born Unit had never been upgraded. Heatloss, draughts, noise and leaks were just some of the issues that made the five-storey building a cold and difficult space for patients and staff alike.
For Property Tectonics, the architect and lead consultancy company who oversaw the renovation, the team also needed to meet strict criteria in terms of fire safety and energy efficiency on the project.
“We worked extremely closely with the hospital to demonstrate the robustness and safety of the design as well as the products we selected,” explains Richard Rhodes-Heaton, the company’s Principal Surveyor.
While the renovation work was underway, the Women’s and New-born Unit had to be fully operational. This meant that everyone involved in the project had to be considerate of the patients and staff still visiting and working in the hospital.
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