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Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) Emergency Department

Client University of Leicester Hospitals (UHL) NHS Trust/ Interserve Construction
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Project Value £
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Project: Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) Emergency Department

Location: Leicester

Client: University of Leicester Hospitals (UHL) NHS Trust/ Interserve Construction

Services; Architecture, Interior Design, Space Planning, Structural Engineering, MEP Engineering

Value: £48m

Design Stages: RIBA Stages 2-7

Project Completion: 2018

Leicester Royal Infirmary’s purpose-built emergency department was the first major investment in a five-year strategic plan for the UHL NHS Trust Estate. On completion, in 2018, it was the third largest emergency department in the UK, seeing 180,000 patients each year.  

The principal design challenge was to rationalise and streamline access to the site and improve flows into and across the existing estate. New dedicated ambulance entrances were provided which appropriately split the flow between adult and paediatric arrivals. A clear understanding of the clinical patient pathways was critical, to ensure that the desired adjacencies - linking the emergency department to the rapid medical assessment unit and in-patient facilities - were met in the most efficient way possible.

The consultation process was rigorous and driven from the outset by the clinical teams and stakeholders. As a design team, we were engaged in regular and detailed consultations to ensure that the clinical care needs of all departments could be met. The facility has both specialist paediatric and geriatric facilities

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