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Cambridge Children's Hospital\

A whole new way

With mental and physical health services alongside biomedical research facilities together under one roof, this state-of-the-art hospital will be the first in the world to treat the whole child, not just their illness.

Challenging how we care

Cambridge Children’s Hospital will be East of England’s first dedicated, purpose-built children’s hospital, providing holistic care for children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It will be located on land adjacent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – Europe’s leading life science hub.

Healing people together

The hospital will offer a healing environment, providing a stimulating experience for the senses. Fresh air, natural daylight and a connection to the outdoors will be key, improving clinical outcomes, wellbeing and engagement with the hospital. Outdoor courtyards at all levels give children opportunities to interact, learn, and empathise. The design will minimise barriers and maximise inclusion, bringing staff, researchers and families together.

It will also feel homely, which is particularly important for patients who may be staying some time. Using domestic materials and incorporating spaces that reflect everyday domestic life, it will enable normal family life to continue as far as possible.

Clinical accommodation is organised in three efficient flexible blocks, arranged around a central integration hub that forms the heart of the hospital.

The central playground as well as the ward gardens and terraces will contain pockets of activity spaces for patients and their families to explore. These spaces will be designed to offer a sense of relief and surprise from the typical day-to-day hospital environment. While for younger age groups these will be playgrounds and sensory gardens, supporting biodiversity and wildlife, there will also be dedicated spaces for teenagers and young people to chill out. The hospital itself will be set within a landscape creating the feeling of a summer meadow.

“Cambridge Children's Hospital will serve children and young people in their most formative years, so we have a responsibility to create a welcoming and empathetic space.

We valued the insights and creativity that came from co-designing with children, young people, parents and carers as well as staff across the two NHS Trusts and the University of Cambridge, who have generously supported us while working tirelessly through the pandemic.”

Negar Mihanyar Associate Director

Critical care, operating theatres, day surgery accommodation, and in-patient mental and physical health wards will sit alongside space for imaging and radiology, staff and dedicated family areas, biomedical research, a public reception and cafe space.

The wards, where patients spend the longest periods of time, will be located at the top of the building to maximise natural daylight. Operating theatres, intensive care facilities and other high-tech spaces will be on the first floor, allowing them to connect to the existing ‘hot floor’ of The Rosie Hospital and the wider Addenbrooke’s estate.

Project Summary

Project Team

Lead Consultant, Project and Cost Manager: Turner & Townsend
Architect: Hawkins\Brown & White Arkitetker
Engineering and sustainability: Ramboll
Healthcare planning: MJ Medical
Planning consultants: Bidwells

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