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03 September 2014

Brighton 3Ts moves forward

Laing O’Rourke has this week begun construction of the first new clinical buildings linked to the £420m Brighton 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The 3Ts Redevelopment project intends to allow for specialist tertiary, trauma and teaching facilities to be offered in the region. This important preparatory phase, due to complete in Autumn 2015, is intended to accommodate crucial clinical services, which will decant to the buildings upon Full Business Case approval of the wider redevelopment.

Laing O’Rourke is constructing two temporary buildings: a six-storey building to house services including Nuclear Medicine, Physiotherapy Outpatients and Rheumatology Outpatients; and an additional building accommodating three wards currently in the build area of the main redevelopment.

During the construction of the temporary structure, Laing O’Rourke, along with architects BDP, is working closely with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop designs for the main building ahead of an expected construction start time in early 2016.

Designs for the main building have drawn heavily on Laing O’Rourke’s DfMA offering, as well as Digital Engineering through BIM modelling, with offsite assembly techniques supporting the planning application by offering significant programming and logistical benefits for such a complex scheme.

Duane Passman, Director of the 3Ts Redevelopment said: “We are now moving into the clinical phase of our decant programme. This is when the redevelopment becomes real for most people, with the beginning of construction on site.

"We are pleased to be working with Laing O’Rourke on both these temporary buildings which are key to unlocking the space we need for the redevelopment to go ahead. This is an exciting time. What starts as the foundations for a temporary building today will end with patients being treated in brand new, permanent facilities of the highest quality.”

Steve Lloyd, Project Director for Laing O’Rourke said:

“Our team has worked very closely with the Trust and the design team in the development of the 3Ts project, so it is fantastic to see the first signs of construction that will enable this important redevelopment to move forward.  These high quality temporary structures will be imperative to allowing the Royal Sussex County Hospital to continue servicing the local community during the redevelopment period.  We look forward to finalising the designs for the main building over the coming months as the redevelopment progresses to Full Business Case stage.”

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