Skanska completes Royal Papworth Hospital construction

Construction work on the new Royal Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is now complete. The Skanska team has delivered the new hospital, designed by lead architects, HOK, which will include five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories (for non-surgical procedures) and two hybrid theatres. The 310-bedded hospital will incorporate a 46-bed critical care unit, and most patients will have single, en-suite rooms.

Royal Papworth staff are now undertaking training in the new building, supported by Skanska personnel; the company will be responsible for ongoing FM services for the next 30 years. Equipped with thousands of items of medical equipment – from blood gas analysers and pacemakers to patient beds, linen, and scrubs – Skanska says the new hospital building will support Royal Papworth staff in delivering excellent care to patients suffering from heart and lung disease.

Design features include:

  • Two dedicated lifts to take heart attack patients from the ambulance bay directly to the hospital’s ‘cath’ labs in an emergency.

  • A link corridor to the adjacent Addenbrooke’s Hospital. to support the transfer of patients needing treatment in the two hospitals.

  • A dedicated entrance and lift for relatives and friends visiting patients in critical care.

  • A specialist air filtering system in the hospital’s cystic fibrosis department to minimise airborne infection spread.

  • Single, en-suite patient bedrooms to improve patient privacy and dignity and minimise the spread of infection.

All outpatient and diagnostic services are on the ground floor, s outpatients can access all services in one place without needing to visit the upper floors. Other features include a ground floor atrium with restaurant, coffee shop, and convenience store, free Wi-Fi, and up to 100 free TV and radio channels in patient bedrooms.

Stephen Posey, CEO of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be able to walk through the hospital without hard hats and high-vis jackets and really imagine this impressive building as a fully functioning heart and lung hospital. After many years of planning, we are now just months away from moving in and starting to realise the huge benefits the new building and its location on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will bring for our patients and staff.”

Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating more than 100,000 patients each year.


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