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Western General Hospital, Renal Unit

Located at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, the new state-of-the art Renal Unit provides patients with access to the latest equipment for dialysis treatment. The modern, bright and spacious design provides a comfortable and welcoming environment with capacity for 72 patients. 

The new Renal Dialysis Unit is one of several projects at the Western General Hospital procured via HFS Framework Scotland. Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed to provide a range of MEP detail design and consultancy services. The collaborative design process utilised BIM Level 2 protocols to develop the coordinated building information model, drawings and associated data.

The new facility was designed in compliance with NHS design standards, SHTM’s and HTM’s. Specialist healthcare services also included; renal dialysis water treatment system and media panels, pneumatic tube system and piped medical gases.  

The building is connected to the new district heating network, an ongoing infrastructure project which will provide the site with future low carbon heating via a new energy centre. The remaining MEP services were designed to integrate into the existing site infrastructure including LV supply, standby generation and medical gases, with diversions, adaptions and connections coordinated to support service continuity on the live hospital site.

Dynamic simulation modelling was used to inform the design of the energy strategy and to ensure comfort conditions. Heat-pump systems were utilised to provide environmental temperature control and enhanced comfort conditions. Feature “architectural” lighting was designed for the reception and art work displays complementing the aesthetics of the interior design. 


  • SHTM compliant design.

  • Enhanced patient comfort.

  • Renal dialysis water treatment system.

  • Integration with new district heating network.

  • BIM Level 2 collaborative design.


  • Glasgow Institute of Architects Award 2022 commendation.

Links to Social Media : 

Western General Hospital – Renal Unit – Scottish Design Awards 2022

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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.

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