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Built to an innovative, human-scale design, Britain’s first robotised hospital is the result of pioneering technology and collaborative thinking.
Reconfiguration of health services in the Forth Valley led to this redevelopment of the 130 hectare former Royal Scottish National Hospital site: 860 in-patient and day spaces – half in single bedrooms – and a full range of acute services to replace those at Stirling and Falkirk. A linked mental health facility and women and children’s unit were also included.
Human-scale planning: efficient organisation
The innovative design has a large atrium and indoor ‘street’ at its heart, while distinct ‘districts’ – each with their own entrances – help create a human scale. Clinical buildings are arranged for easy access by patients and visitors, with landscaped courtyards, natural light and ventilation, and views of existing surrounding woodland. Accessibility and control of infection were key design themes.
Integration of design and service delivery
Robotics provide efficiencies for the client and an improved service and environment for staff and patients. There are dedicated routes for staff and ‘robot’ automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) separate from the main patient/visitor circulation. Incorporating robotics fundamentally altered not only the design and construction of the building, but also most of the electrical, mechanical and instrumentation systems. Laing O’Rourke worked with systems designers and subcontractors to ensure that the AGVs and the automated pharmacy all came together in readiness for opening.
A collaborative, responsible approach
From the outset, all members of the project design team and key stakeholders co-located to ensure close relationships were maintained and improve communication, with the use of BIM helping coordination. At peak, 1,280 people were working on the project; over 60% of subcontracts were let to businesses within a 30 mile radius and over 80% of site staff were similarly local. Finally, excess subsoil from site excavation was reused through the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) scheme.