Phase 2A – Improving patient, parent and staff experience
Being at the cutting edge of treatment for sick children and babies, providing the best facilities for worried parents, and a great working environment for staff – these were the drivers for the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building (MSC), which we completed in 2012.
The first of two new facilities to form the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, the MSC required replacing part of the ageing Southwood building, and constructing seven floors of state-of-the-art operating theatres, new cardiac, neurosciences and kidney wards, clinical investigation facilities, children’s wards, play areas and catering facilities, allowing the hospital to remain at the forefront of international paediatric care – all while minimising disruption to sick children.
The work environment for staff has improved immeasurably. Light and well-equipped staff rooms situated away from the ward allow staff to relax on breaks and the new work-stations are strategically placed to allow staff to combine work with the monitoring of patients
With a huge amount of specialist equipment, keeping building running costs low is a priority for GOSH. We improved the building’s natural ventilation to maximise comfort and installed a glazed façade to increase natural light, reducing operational costs.
By choosing healthy materials for the interior finish, the building has the best healthy environment possible, and gained a NHS Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT) rating of Excellent.
GOSH were also joint winners of the award for ‘Best Environmental Strategy’ in the Estates and Facilities Management Class of the Better Building Healthcare Awards in 2008.