Creating market leading, energy efficient Healthcare buildings

We strongly believe that architecture and the design of the built environment plays a part in the effective treatment of patients, determining patient outcomes and recovery periods and good staff retention.

RPS is a proven partner for major healthcare project design. Our success in delivering primary and secondary care projects is based on a fundamental understanding of medical facility processes and procedures, the patient experience, and specialised knowledge of the design of all of the different departments and facilities found in modern healthcare developments.

Our Building Services Engineers have played a fundamental part in delivering many successful major healthcare schemes throughout the UK involving complex service diversions in congested and live hospital environments.

Our services include:


Building Services Engineering

Civil & Structural Engineering


Environmental Assessment & Management

Landscape Architecture & Management

Transport & Infrastructure.

Case Studies

Newcastle Hospitals PFI

Newcastle Hospitals PFI

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

RPS undertook the detail design for the Mechanical and Electrical Services for the major £300 million redevelopment of two operational hospitals procured under HMG's PFI procurement vehicle.

The Royal Victoria Infirmary comprises over 65,000m2 of new build facilities in the centre of the site and dissects the primary service route of the existing hospital.

The development also incorporates the new Great North Children's Hospital with Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Suites facilities for Severe Combined Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (SCIDS), Oncology wards and a Teenage Cancer Treatment facility.

The works at the Freeman Hospital constituted a 22,000m2 new development to house The Northern Centre for Cancer Care and won the Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Hospital Design in 2008.

The aim has been to achieve a facility which is largely naturally ventilated. Natural ventilation is supplemented by mechanical ventilation and in some cases cooling/air conditioning where the internal temperatures conditions could not be controlled within the trusts defined limits by natural ventilation alone.

The use of natural light has been encouraged by the use of a central atrium which greatly assists with daylight penetration. Glazing has been selected for the optimum balance of daylight, heat gain and glare. Artificial lighting is daylight controlled so reducing energy consumption.

Detailed Dynamic Thermal modelling has been carried out for all buildings in order to select glazing type, solar shading and to forecast energy consumption for each building.

Northfield Village

Burns Centre & Expanded Education Centre, Birmingham Northfield Village, Stafford


The Wrekin Housing Trust

Northfield Village is a partnership project between Staffordshire County Council, The Wrekin Housing Trust, Choices and Galliford Try. DBK delivered cost management, employer’s agent, principal designer and project management services.

This unique extra-care scheme brings together a range of accommodation, community and care facilities on one site. From preventative services and a community hub, with everything from a bar to a hairdressers, to a doctor’s surgery and a specialist dementia home, Northfield Village is a bold new model of integrated services.

The site’s Elmwood Extra care facility offers 80 apartments for those over 55, while the Limewood dementia care home is a specialist facility designed with 59 en-suite bedrooms for every age and every stage of dementia. The site also features a community learning facility, occupational health accommodation, Saltbank supported housing for people with learning disabilities, affordable general needs housing, a woodchip Energy Centre providing the site with heating and hot water, and high quality public realm and outdoor community spaces.

The extra care elements of Northfield Village are built to a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard, as well as Lifetime Homes (the extra care apartments), Building for Life Bronze, Secure by Design Section 2 and Design and Quality Standards. The Limewood dementia centre is built to the same standards as the rest of the scheme.

Oak Park and Fareham Hospitals

Oak Park & Fareham Community Hospitals, Fareham and Havant Oak Park & Fareham Community Hospitals, Fareham and Havant

Solent Community Solutions Ltd

RPS were the lead consultants appointed to prepare, submit and negotiate on the planning application submitted for each new hospital proposal.

The projects were progressed as part of the Hampshire Primary Care Trust’s (PCT) wider regional programme for the development of healthcare in Hampshire. The projects were delivered through the Department of Health's Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Initiative.

RPS managed a series of public exhibitions to advertise the proposals as part of the pre-application consultation process. In addition, RPS prepared the Transport Assessments and Sustainability Plan that were submitted in support of the application.

Achieving excellence in sustainable design was of paramount importance, and was achieved through various initiatives.

Both schemes were proposed against a background of local objection to the proposed closure and re-distribution of services from other local hospitals. The pre-application consultation process driven by RPS helped to identify and resolve issues upfront. Consequently, both applications were determined positively.

The scheme won the 2010 Green Apple award for most sustainable healthcare building. In recognition of our achievements, RPS was nominated for the ‘best consultant’ award at the LIFT Awards.

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Theatres, Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Theatres, Birmingham

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

RPS acted as lead consultant for the refurbishment of two theatres taking a detailed brief from the Client for the refurbishment works which involved the removal of the existing floors, decoration throughout, replacement of scrub troughs and wash basins, provision of new electronic sensor taps, new doors with vistamatic panels, cleaning and upgrading of ventilation system, replacement and repair of balance flaps and new worktops and drawer units throughout.

RPS produced the specification and tender documents with the other consultants and produced a detailed programme to ensure that the works could be completed during a two week shut down of the theatres for normal maintenance requirements.

The main contractor was required to carry out the works adjacent to theatres that remained fully functionally at all times. RPS ensure that strict dust suppression was maintained at all times and were required to make regular site visits due to the short duration of the contract.

Southampton General Hospital

Southampton General Hospital, Southampton Southampton General Hospital, Southampton

Southampton General Hospital University Trust

RPS have been commissioned to provide Landscape Architectural services across the hospital estate.

To date this has included the preparation of an estate wide 10 year Landscape Development Strategy to provide a framework for future development and guide strategic landscape works, supporting planning applications, masterplanning, detailed design, public consultation, implementation and contract administration across a wide range of projects ranging from courtyard developments to a civic piazza.

As part of a new £54m Cardiac development RPS were appointed as lead designers and contract administrators for the development of a new public piazza at the main entrance to the hospital.

The Christie

The Christie, Manchester Oak Road Development The Christie, Manchester Oak Road Development

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

RPS carried out the Mechanical & Electrical Design Services from inception to completion for the Oak Road Development at The Christie, Manchester.

The Development is a £35 million centre for patient treatment including an expanded chemotherapy department and a private patients unit. Approximately 2,400 patients will be treated each year at the clinical trials unit.

The building also contains an Aseptic Suite, Gene Therapy facility and Pharmacy. Part of the early work consisted of the relocation of the existing clinical trials to a Temporary Accommodation on the hospital site to allow demolition of the smaller and aging facility.

The design included cooling, heating, ventilation, medical gases, pneumatic tube, power, lighting, data, nurse call, alarms, CCTV and BMS. RPS were also commissioned to provide Acoustic advice.

Due to the success of the project RPS were then commissioned to carry out the design for the £15 Million Young Oncology & Haematology Transplant Unit.

Whiston and St Helens

Whiston & St Helens PFI, Lancashire Whiston & St Helens PFI, Lancashire

St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

RPS carried out the Mechanical, Electrical and Lift Design for two major Hospitals at Whiston and St Helens. This consisted of an Acute Hospital at Whiston and one of the largest Diagnostic Centres in the country at St Helens.

The new Whiston Hospital consists of 860 beds and comprises a six-storey development with plant rooms, each housing ventilation plant, electrical switch rooms, heating calorifier stations and DHWS calorifiers.

A new 12 Mw LTHW energy centre has been provided incorporating 3-6 Mw boilers, space for a 1 mW CHP plant and 3 standby generator sets.

The main services distribution is from the energy centre via a new service corridor at level 1 and with vertical risers at each departmental interface along the Hospital Street providing vertical distribution to the departments on the floors above.

The departments within the new building include Accident and Emergency, Medical Wards, Gynaecology Wards, Paediatric Wards, Surgical Wards, Orthopaedic Wards, Plastic and Burns Wards, 10 Operating Theatres, Out Patients Department, Oncology and Administration/Storage Areas.

The majority of the areas are ventilated where possible by natural means in accordance with the Health Building Notes and Hospital Technical Memorandums.Additional mechanical cooling has been provided where the peak temperature may rise above 29°C.

In addition to the new build element, modifications to the existing building have provided HSDU, Pathology, Mortuary and Catering Facilities