Investing in health care: contract awarded for new UCLH facility 

16/08/2016 00:00 
UCLH’s status as world leading hospital and university campus was further enhanced today with the awarding of the building contract to Mace to create a new state-of-the-art centre for our internationally renowned ear, nose, throat and dental services.

Being built on Huntley Street, the new centre, which has been co-designed with patients and staff, will bring together services currently provided at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and Eastman Dental Hospital (EDH), as well as some other UCLH sites.

Putting the needs of our patients at its heart, the purpose built modern centre will open in 2019. It will provide a world class service for children and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the ear, nose, throat and mouth including dental, hearing, speech and balance services.

The services include the management and treatment of all types of hearing loss, including through technologies such as cochlear implants. Complex dental and oral diseases such as  oral cancer and post-surgery reconstruction, correction of facial deformity, replacement of congenitally missing teeth in children and chronic facial pain will also be treated at the centre.

The innovative design includes:

  • the highest standards for accessibility. The design reflects the specific needs of the patients who will be using the facility. For example, we have designed the building to work for people who may have hearing loss, sensory needs or who require special care dental services. 
  • easy to navigate zones that reflect how patients are treated. For example, new dental patients will be seen separately to those who are coming in for treatment 
  • a floor specifically for the care and treatment of children.

The location on Huntley Street means that the centre will be part of the hub of University College Hospital sites. They include our new surgery and cancer building which will provide Europe’s largest centre for the treatment of blood disorders and one of only two NHS centres delivering high energy proton beam therapy, also opening in 2019. Being close to the UCL campus will facilitate joint working, research and clinical trials.

UCLH’s chief executive, Sir Robert Naylor, said:  “Fifteen years ago we had a vision to develop a world leading hospital and university campus and this new clinical facility is another major step forward. I am absolutely delighted that this new building will be matching the internationally renowned clinical excellence of the EDH and RNTNEH with a world class building to further facilitate improvements in care.”

Terry Spraggett, Director for Public Sector Construction at Mace, said: “I’m delighted that Mace has been appointed by UCLH as main contractor on this significant and complex hospital project, which is challenging both in terms of the construction and logistics of the site. Mace has a strong track record of delivering complex healthcare projects across the UK to an exceptionally high quality. We look forward to bringing our experience to this project and helping UCLH realise its vision to deliver better treatment and care for patients.”

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