New paediatric A&E department at Hillingdon Hospital

BIM used to ensure smooth development of specialist unit

  • New department will be able to cope with increased patient numbers
  • It will create a better environment specifically for paediatric patients
  • BIM software has aided the process of planning construction work in a live hospital environment

A complicated decant and reconfiguration programme has enabled Hillingdon Hospital to open a new A&E department specifically designed to deal with paediatric patients.

The move ensures full separation of the adult and paediatric services.

The new layout also increases the number of bed spaces to deal with the paediatric admissions and ensures that dedicated staff are assigned to deal with their specific needs.

A unique interior design and arts programme was developed by GBS Architects to create a welcoming environment that is appropriate to children of all ages. Colour and artwork have also been used to support a wayfinding strategy that will reduce anxiety at this stressful time for patients and carers.

Using BIM technology and visualisation software, Oxford Architects ensured that staff were engaged in the design from an early stage.

The 3D software created a simple platform to showcase the design to busy staff groups who had a varied understanding of the construction industry.

The £1.5m unit was constructed by Jarvis Contracting, with enabling works carried out by ES Moss.

Artwork is central to the design of the new unit

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