The acute services block is part of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust’s wider redevelopment plan for the Belfast hospital, replacing the outdated existing main ward block and other specialist acute services.
It will be built next to the £86m seven-storey ward facility that is already being constructed by the Graham-BAM Healthcare Partnership on the same complex, scheduled to complete in autumn 2016.
The new eight-storey, 31,000 m2 acute services block thus represents Phase B of a four-year £185m construction framework that began in 2013.
The scheme has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent status and will use flat slab construction to integrate the structure with its services and the clinical spaces. The building’s high thermal mass is expected to reduce operational running costs and the delivery of the structural and acoustic solutions will further support the healthcare services.