Nottingham Trent University’s new ‘mock hospital’ gets the go-ahead
Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) innovative new ‘mock hospital’ will be based at its Clifton Campus, allowing future healthcare professionals to gain the knowledge and skills they need for modern practise.
Following the launch of NTU’s new Adult and Mental Health Nursing degrees and degree apprenticeships scheme in May 2020, the new 34,000 ft2 education facility will serve as the base for its Institute of Health & Allied Professions and will offer a range of specialist courses such as Paramedic Science and Public Health.
The Pick Everard architects design-led multidisciplinary research and development centre will allow students to advance their skills in realistic settings across three-storeys. With one floor dedicated to creating simulated healthcare environments including hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, a makeshift flat has also been created to allow for the enactment of home and emergency care scenarios with Lifecast Body Simulation manikins.
The remaining two floors will provide office and flexible teaching spaces, including lecture theatres with removeable seating to permit creative learning approaches such as role play.
Led by NTU’s capital projects group within the Estates department, Waterman has been appointed to provide building services engineering design alongside main contractor Henry Brothers, Edge, Turner & Townsend and Atkins.
Our team carried out the full detailed design of the Mechanical and Electrical packages, including an innovative all electric solution to future proof the building and reduce its life cycle carbon impact. The new centre is substantially naturally ventilated using hybrid heat recovery devices and openable windows to establish excellent internal air quality to ensure the very best learning environments for occupants. It has also achieved a design stage ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, which is the University’s minimum standard for new developments.
Professor Sara Owen, Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences at NTU, said in a recent statement; “Simulations and virtual reality are providing huge opportunities in healthcare education and we are proud of the technological advances and facilities on offer in this building. They will enable us to make these creative and innovative approaches an integral part of our education and give our students the best possible experience.”
Jonathan Purcell, Waterman’s Director for Building Services, added; “We are thrilled to be supporting the University in their new ‘mock hospital’, the latest addition to its development portfolio. It is always satisfying to get our designs to site, when all the hard work begins to pay off as we see the building start to take shape, particularly a medical training facility which will be helping in the front line health care services.”
The project is due for completion in January 2022.