Contractor, Laing O'Rourke, awards contract for first phase of £485m Royal Sussex County Hospital project
Laing O’Rourke has awarded the £1.5m furniture and fitout contract for the first phase of the £485m 3Ts redevelopment of Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to Deanestor.
Deanestor will manufacture around 17,000 items of furniture for the project and will be fitting out 2,000 rooms across the new, purpose-designed 11-storey building.
The manufacturer has a long-standing relationship with Laing O’Rourke and architect, BDP, and this latest contract follows its successful completion of fitout projects at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Liverpool, The Grange University Hospital in Wales, Dumfries and Galloway Hospital in Scotland, and furniture provided for a number of Nightingale hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on this latest project, Will Tonkinson, managing director of Deanestor, said: “We are delighted to be working once again with Laing O’Rourke and BDP, and on our 18th project for Laing O’Rourke.
“3Ts is a major redevelopment project, which will modernise Royal Sussex County Hospital and provide state-of-the-art accommodation to improve the patient experience and support the trust’s roles as a district general hospital, a specialist tertiary centre, a teaching hub, and a major trauma centre.”
Stage one of the redevelopment will house inpatient wards on the upper floors.
The majority of patients will have single en-suite rooms with sea views. The lower floors accommodate outpatients and diagnostics services in spacious, modern surroundings.
And public-facing services are located on the first and sixth floors and include main reception, waiting areas, retail units, café, and welfare and wellbeing facilities.
The bespoke joinery package awarded to Deanestor includes a 6m-diameter main hospital reception desk for welcoming patients and visitors, using natural walnut hardwood and veneers.
A total of 35 nurse stations and staff bases with solid surface finishes and wood grain fascias will be manufactured and installed across the building, together with 40 touchdown bases providing staff with convenient additional workspaces in the clinical areas.
Deanestor is also manufacturing hospital furniture for all consulting rooms, patient bedrooms, and utilities, including base and wall storage units with white Formica door fronts, adjustable shelving units – some with HTM71 tray inserts, and solid grade laminate worktops to patient bedrooms.
In addition the team will be fitting over 10,000 individual products procured by the trust, such as rack storage systems, dispensers, clocks, noticeboards, benching, and white goods.
Stainless steel furniture will also be provided for the catering areas on each floor as part of this contract, which is due for completion in summer 2022.