Located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the newly extended Rosie Hospital will provide a wide range of neonatal services for newborn babies and their mothers.
Rosie Hospital is widely considered as one of the best maternity hospitals in the country. The hospital provides maternity and neonatal care to women and babies locally and across the East of England.
The new extension will include the Rosie Birth Centre, where women who have had a pregnancy without complication can receive midwife-led care when they are in active labour. All 10 rooms have birthing pools and access to a private garden.
In addition, there will be an eight-room accommodation facility (run by the Sick Children’s Trust) for families with babies on the newly extended Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Further facilities include Maternal and Fetal Medicine Clinics, a large staff office suite and a dedicated counselling suite.
The three-storey (6000m²) extension features a concrete frame with brick, render and rainscreen cladding. A new reception and café area open out onto an attractive public garden, whilst a double-height glass pavilion links the existing Rosie Hospital to the new building.
Set to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, the site has incorporated a range of sustainable features – including the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the existing Rosie Hospital.
Kristen Howard, Senior Project Manager for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“The contractors have worked well within the restrictions of a tight site on a busy hospital campus and the existing Rosie Hospital has remained fully operational throughout the construction period.
“This is an important project for the Trust and the expansion will help to ensure that high quality care is delivered in modern hospital facilities that meet the needs of women and their families.”
The project was handed over to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in June 2012 and a phased occupation of the building will now follow until October 2012.
Main contractor for the project was Farrans (Construction) Ltd and the architects were Devereux Architects and Allies and Morrison Architects.