The building houses the aseptic suites for the production of radiotherapy drugs and a large dispensing robot used to administer drugs to all wards at the hospital. As the building takes delivery of all the drugs administered at the hospital security was paramount. All walls and partitions to the ground floor are blockwork to provide robustness. The radioactive chemicals used to produce radiotherapy drugs are also delivered to the pharmacy, special radiation protection measures in the form of heavyweight structure was required to prevent the transmission of radiation to unwanted areas. The other major challenge was the live hospital site and tight programme. A fast build was required to minimise disruption to staff and patients. A braced steel frame with precast planks was chosen to allow the maximum amount of off-site fabrication and minimise build time on site. Orientating all of the primary structure in the same direction allowed maximum flexibility for services throughout the building.
Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust : IBI Group : Kier : £5m
Photographer: Frances Gard Construction and Building Photography
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