Milton Keynes University Hospital New Entrance and Retail Building
Bowman Riley designed a new hospital entrance and retail building at Milton Keynes University Hospital, a medium-sized district general hospital.
The building accommodates three retail units to be occupied by Amigo, Costa Coffee and Subway for patients, staff and visitors bringing much-needed revenue into the hospital.
As part of the hospital’s wider redevelopment to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities, the new entrance was designed on a former car park.
We worked together with the NHS Trust, Compass Group, Catfoss, Kier Construction and the local authority to deliver the 987m² free-standing single-storey entrance building. The South Westerly facing building has brise soleil to provide shading and links building back into the existing the Outpatients, Ear, Nose and Throat, Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy departments.
The building was constructed within a controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on site and provided less material waste. Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the fabric of the building offers an engineered solution featuring high levels of fire resistance and thermal efficiency.
Delivered to the site in 19 modular sections, the building was erected in just three days. The chassis was 15m long x 4m wide, which resulted in challenging transportation and installation.
Complex ground conditions included an existing live services tunnel beneath the development. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. The final fit-out was conducted within 12 weeks keeping disruption to the hospital to an absolute minimum.