The building relocates and centralises the existing Biochemistry, Genetics, and Immunology Services from the Lewis Labs on the Southmead site and from the existing laboratories on the Frenchay Hospital.
The design concept provides a highly flexible building, based upon a 3.3m module, which allows the building to be adapted with ease to changing demands and is clearly zoned into laboratory, office and support / staff areas. The building is a highly sustainable, low energy design, adopting mixed mode natural / mechanical ventilation.
The site topography provides an entry point from the new public square, together with a service entrance on the lower ground floor. The laboratories have been designed around the efficient process flows of the laboratory functions and are designed to be open plan, where environmental conditions allow. A new state of the art automated haematology / biochemistry laboratory on the ground floor will accommodate the project’s increased activity as a Regional Centre.
The design has been nominated jointly with Avanti Architects, for the Building Better Healthcare Awards for ‘Best Design Concept’