Official launch of new district general hospital for Dumfries and Galloway designed by Ryder and NBBJ

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary will officially launch its new district general hospital project, introducing its preferred bidder Highwood Health, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke and Aberdeen UK Infrastructure Partners, at an event 26 September for a range key stakeholders.

Ryder Architecture in collaboration with NBBJ has been appointed to design the new £200m general hospital as part of the consortium for NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposed 60,000m2 scheme is a replacement hospital which will be located on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Dumfries and Galloway and will include 340 beds, day case and inpatient surgical suites, an emergency care centre, ambulatory care centre, and specialist oncology, maternity and paediatric facilities.

High Wood Health and NHS Dumfries and Galloway will now work to achieve Financial Close by early 2015, with completion of the hospital expected in 2017.

The building form and materials have been developed to reflect the rural setting, and to optimise views and natural daylight.

The external realm, including extensive landscaped gardens, gives clarity to the visitor, provides an attractive setting for staff to work in, and delivers a healing, therapeutic environment for patients.

The interior design strategy continues this theme by defining and unifying a hierarchy of spaces, each with their own needs, and achieves clear and intuitive wayfinding throughout the building.

Paul Bell, Ryder Partner said:

“This significant win builds on our extensive work in the healthcare sector. We are extremely excited to develop our vision to create a first class building capable of providing the very best patient and staff experience with the very latest in technology and scientific innovation.”

Jane McElroy, principal at NBBJ and lead clinical designer for the new hospital said:

“This design will provide an uplifting, therapeutic and person centred environment for patients, staff and visitors as well as a high quality setting for the delivery of effective clinical care.”

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