Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
State of the Art Teaching & Learning Centre.
The Teaching & Learning Centre is a new £12m build development situated in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan, Glasgow. Hulley and Kirkwood were appointed as part of a framework along with the main contractor. The new development was a joint venture between the NHS and the University of Glasgow providing conference facilities, teaching spaces and laboratory facilities.
The building is aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating therefore sustainable options were at the heart of the design. Hulley and Kirkwood were responsible for the design of core services: space heating (underfloor heating to atrium and duct mounted heating coils); ventilation; natural gas; cooling; water services; foul drainage; automatic controls; medical gases; electrical and small power, lighting, data, fire alarms and security.
The sustainable options incorporated into the design included the use of a mini-CHP plant to provide the base load for the space heating and domestic hot water, heat recovery via desiccant wheel on all supply and extract ventilation systems, lighting controls including presence/absence detection and daylight sensing.
The completed facility provides a large lecture theatre, café areas and teaching spaces to the ground floor; a library, teaching lab and clinical skills teaching areas on the first floor; teaching spaces and IT facilities on the second floor and labs and office space for business use on the third floor.
The new £20m office block provides some 1,200 workspaces for clinical and administrative staff which were transferred to the new campus from the Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary, parts of the existing Southern General and Yorkhill Hospital. Situated alongside the existing teaching and learning centre, the new block provides open plan administration space for consultants, nurses and secretaries alongside a number of ‘pods’ for private conversations. Informal seating will also be arranged around access points to encourage social interactions and bring together visitors and users.
Hulley & Kirkwood provided the mechanical and electrical services design for the building incorporating a sustainable approach to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. As the building has a relatively high population density, comfort cooling was required to overcome internal gains from IT equipment and occupants. Heating and cooling to the offices was provided via a variable refrigerant volume system with ceiling void mounted ducted indoor units powered by air source heat pumps. The air handling unit which provides fresh air to the building also incorporates a heat pump with a high CoP (Coefficient of Performance) to temper/cool the air before it enters the building. A desiccant wheel on the AHU recovers heat from the exhaust air. Daylight regulation and PIR occupancy sensing has been incorporated into the lighting design to reduce energy consumption from the lighting. Photovoltaic panels are sited on the roof to reduce electricity consumption.
Imaging Centre of Excellence.
Construction is underway on the £16m medical facility in Glasgow to improve treatments for brain, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. Based at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Imaging Centre of Excellence has been supported by UK Government funding through the Medical Research Council as part of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley city deal.
The new five-storey ICE building will house the UK’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner, allowing scientists to carry out new clinical research as well as four state of the art theatre suites with full ancillary accommodation which will be utilised by the Department of Neurosurgery and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
On completion it shall provide world-leading clinical research facilities and provide a hub for academic, scientific and NHS clinical expertise.
Four new operating theatres are provided with the latest Ultra Clean Ventilation skirt-less canopies fed from dedicated air handling plant located in a roof top plantroom. All the building ventilation plant incorporates high efficiency heat recovery in the form of plate heat exchangers and thermal wheels. The building also benefits from high efficiency condensing boiler plant, frequency converter drives on all motors, combined heat and power plant, high efficiency free cooling chiller plant with Turbocor compressors, roof mounted photovoltaic panels and LED lighting throughout. Primary electrical power derived from the site High Voltage infrastructure and connections for a site district heating system offer the building excellent service resilience.
Clinical Research Facility.
The University of Glasgow required additional Clinical Research Accommodation within the hospital site and links to the Teaching and Learning Facility. This was provided within the existing Neuroscience Building where Level 5 was fully reconfigured and refurbished. The £2.5m new department provides in-patient and out-patient accommodation together with offices for research staff.
This project was particularly challenging as it was undertaken within a live in-patient hospital. Detail surveys were required of existing infrastructure to allow new parallel and replacement service infrastructure to be designed and ensure continuity of building operation.
A full re-provision of mechanical and electrical services was required within the floorplate, new plant was installed within roof void plantrooms following the rationalisation and strip-out of redundant systems.
The Authorising Engineer (MGPS) Validation and Verficiation.
The new £842m Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the largest schemes of its kind to date in the UK. The project included new acute ward accommodation, theatres, recovery, maternity, SCBU, critical care, A&E, OPD and renal and a new children's hospital.
Hulley SGS are currently providing Authorising Engineer (MGPS) services for the complete medical gas installation on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The duties include design review, consultancy, and validation and verification of the piped medical gas installation.