Ipswich Hospital is part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust which serves a population of almost one million. Just before the pandemic, we were appointed to assist with the design of a new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). This was part of a £35 million scheme.
Our input as acoustics consultants was to review the scheme for compliance with the Department of Health design guidance, HTM 08-01 Acoustics. We ensured that the local authority’s planning conditions would be met, along with criteria for BREEAM 2018 credits HEA05 / POL05.
We assessed the design proposals and advised on changes to meet stringent acoustic criteria within the operational constraints of a busy working hospital department. It was necessary to avoid adverse noise effects on properties in the area surrounding the proposed Unit.
We built a computer model using CadnaA software and completed our design work by May 2020. Due to the impact of Covid-19, the opening date for the Unit is likely to be early 2023, but we are pleased to play a role in this important addition to the hospital’s facilities.
The new dedicated UTC will offer significant benefits in-patient care. As the Trust’s website puts it: “Hospitals can be a scary and disorientating experience for some of our patients, so the Ipswich Hospital teams want to make it as easy as possible. All of our walk-in patients will come through a single door ‘walk-in service’.”