Renal Unit WGH

Renal Unit, Western General Hospital

Western General Hospital's new Rental Unit provides more dialysis stations and space for patients.

Healthcare - Scotland

Project Overview

This project involves a new Renal unit at the Western General Hospital to provide a specialist treatment facility and associated support accommodation. It accommodates up to 12 dialysis stations including two four-station treatment bays and four single rooms.

The new building replaces a smaller unit, which was over 30 years old, and very cramped. It has increased the number of dialysis stations from 9 to 12 so now up to 72 patients can be treated in the unit. The project involves the construction of a new two-storey steel framed building with a link bridge at the upper level to tie back into the existing Ward 1 building. Due to the slope of the site, the building is set into the ground with retaining walls forming the north wall of the lower ground floor.

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures
  • EnvironmentalEnvironmental


NHS Lothian / RMF Health

We worked with:

Architect | HLM

Contractor | RMF Health

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The Challenge

1. Alignment of link bridge

2. Coordination with existing below-ground service routes

3. Existing topography

4. Lack of staff parking during construction

Our Solution

1. Coordination was required with two separate architects to align the bridge with internal layouts for both buildings

2. Depth and position of foundations designed to avoid interfering with existing service ducts. This required the upper ground floor to cantilever beyond the support structure in a couple of locations

3. Upper Ground floor cantilevers beyond the lower ground floor retaining wall to make better use of the available site area

4. To counter this, the team arranged to use the old vacant Royal Victoria Hospital site for some accommodation, materials stores and 100 spaces for NHS staff.

Client Testimonial

Patients can expect to spend between 12 and 18 hours per week on dialysis so having a welcoming, peaceful and comfortable place to do dialysis is really important. We're already seeing the positive impact this fantastic new facility is having on patients and staff. The clinical areas are as light and airy as possible, but also more peaceful, giving patients a much better experience. The unit will be a great benefit for patients for years to come.

Dr Caroline Whitworth, Consultant Nephrologist

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