3 DSSR Projects Win at Building Better Healthcare Awards

Healthcare projects


Posted 6 months ago



DSSR was proud to see three healthcare projects we contributed to were recognised at the recent Building Better Healthcare Awards.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outstanding work done by those in the NHS and the healthcare sector was clear for all to see. It is an honour to be able to support the healthcare sector by contributing to the next generation of award-winning healthcare facilities such as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital, and the Leicester congenital heart centre.


Won: Award for Best Modular/Mobile Building Design with MTX Contracts for Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital ingenious rooftop interventional radiology unit (IRU)

Described by the judges as ‘the future of hospitals’, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s new 4,3oosq m ward development is an example of how offsite construction methods are helping the healthcare sector to meet current challenges.

Outstanding management skills accomplished a design period spanning just one month, with MTX Contracts delivering 147 bespoke volumetric units to a very-tight programme around stormy winter weather conditions.

The solution was completely bespoke and tailored to the exact needs of the trust and end users, including different designs for each central core.

The module sizes were designed to ensure all single rooms and bathrooms were contained within individual modules, and double walls were introduced to enable MTX to install all of the first-fix M&E services offsite.

The original facility comprised a 32-bed acute unit on the ground floor, a first-floor 33-bed acute stroke unit, a fallow second floor, and a rooftop plant room.

However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second floor was fitted out as part of the NHS strategy for the hospital to become the Nightingale facility for the region.

This provided an additional 24 HDU beds and nine positive pressure ventilated lobby isolation rooms, equipped with fully-compliant IPS/UPS systems and dual-circuit 60 1/min undiversified oxygen per bed.

Choosing it as their winner in this category, the judges said: “The NHS is battling long waiting lists and is using modular and mobile facilities to enable the expansion of services.

“This is a great project and is an approach that hospitals will look to moving forwards


Won: Best Healthcare Development (Value > £10m) for the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital

The Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals is a state-of-the-art health centre providing world-class dental, ear, nose, throat, hearing, and balance services for children and adults.

The centres, which originally operated on two separate sites, have combined to create one of Europe’s largest specialist facilities of its kind.

DSSR delivered complete the detail design for the new facility, assuming full design responsibility for all MEP services. Woring in collaboration with the patient and hospital teams, we designed a multi-disciplinary space which can cater for various patient needs very effectively.

The hospital maximises clinical space while providing light and welcoming areas for patients, with 10 procedure rooms for complex surgical treatments, more than 60 clinic and testing rooms, and hearing and balance rooms featuring specialist medical equipment.

Achieving significant sustainability credentials, the facility boasts engineering design innovations include circadian lighting control, medical gas installations, and healthcare-compliant UPS and IPS systems.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used to simulate and assess the designs, and sustainability measures included collaborating with façade architect, Pilbrow & Partners, and contractor, Mace, on the energy performance of the hospital’s modular facade, which combined handmade bricks, aluminium, triple glazing, and precast concrete, to blend with the historic surroundings.


Highly commended: Award for Best Modular/Mobile Building Design for the Leicester congenital heart centre.