Royal Edinburgh Hospital Campus

Client: Hub South East Scotland / NHS Lothian

Contractor: Morrison Construction

Project value: £45.2 million (Phase 1), £60 million (Phase 2)

Project team: Russell Macdonald

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital is a 50-acre psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, including listed buildings dating back to 1813. The aim of the redevelopment masterplan was to provide modern, high quality, fit-for-purpose health care facilities within refurbished and new build facilities.

Phase One was officially opened in November 2017 and included new single accommodation wards for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU) and the new Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit.  RMP was commissioned to provide design advice throughout the construction, early stage testing and compliance reporting, all to BREEAM and SHTM 2045 requirements.

As a result of the successful delivery of Phase One, RMP was commissioned alongside the construction team to undertake a technical feasibility study of Phase 2, which involved an acoustic design appraisal of refurbishment and new build proposals; the listed Mackinnon House, £20 million refurbishment, and the Integrated Rehabilitation Unit, £40 million new build).

The acoustic consultancy required environmental surveys for noise impact assessment and break-in noise control, pre-conversion testing to provide acoustic design advice for sound insulation, building services and reverberation control. Acoustics were central to the technical feasibility and played a key role in the decisions made prior and during construction.

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