SRA Architects - Royal United Hospitals
Project IT and Medical Records building at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Architects - SRA Architects
Structural/Civil Engineer - Mann Williams
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer - Hulley & Kirkwood
Main Contractor - Henry W Pollard & Sons
Client - Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Technology - Hybrid
Sector - Health
On 6 June 2015 Dr Peter Hansford, HM Government's Chief Construction Adviser, opened the new IT and Medical Records building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. He commented, "This building embraces the principles of Construction 2025. It is the start of a new age in the UK construction industry". The design is based on the Öppen system, designed by SRA Architects.
This uses flat-packed components: hot rolled steel, precast concrete and cross-laminated timber panels. For efficiency and accuracy, these are fabricated off-site for fast on-site assembly. The 1,000sqm two-storey office building took only 20 weeks from completing the groundworks to handing over the fitted-out building. In competitive tender, the Öppen design proved 30% faster and 15% lower cost than tenders using traditional construction methods. As a result, the new building at the RUH is an HM Government Cabinet Office Trial Project. It demonstrates a successful approach to achieving the Government's Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy.