The project comprises a complex part two/part three storey structure built in to the slope of Bristol Gate at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The retaining walls and lower ground floor slab are constructed in reinforced cast- insitu waterproof concrete, with a partial reinforced concrete frame and upper floors and a hybrid superstructure frame of structural steel and glu-laminated timber columns/cranked beams.
The highly-insulated building is clad in a combination of Siberian Larch timber weather boarding, Sto insulated render and Zinc standing seam roofing. Windows and external doors are Velfac composite units. Internally, the building is finishes robustly with engineered timber, vinyl and carpeted coverings over screeded floors incorporating undefloor heating, plastered walls and partitions and acoustic suspended ceilings. Glu-laminated elements are exposed to provide internal interest.
Mechanical and Electrical services are centrally controlled through an intelligent Building Management System (BMS) and comprise gas fired boilers, solar-thermal panels to pre-heat water services, grey-water installation for WC cistern water conservation and automated window controls to avoid the need for comfort cooling.