Acute Ward Block, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

The Manser Practice Architects , Chesterfield, 2010


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Hospital extension to provide 96 beds in three vertically-stacked 32-bed wards

Each ward is arranged in the T-shaped plan with two clusters of patient rooms arranged around a nurse base, with a shared support hub. This rationalised plan aims to reduce staff travel times and release more time to care for patients. Accommodation is split equally between four-bed bays and single rooms, including isolation facilities.

The additional block is connected to the existing hospital streets with a glazed link bridge that incorporates full-height artist designed coloured glass fins that protect the privacy of patients in the adjacent existing ward rooms.

Externally the building is clad in ceramic tiles over a profiled louvre podium with large windows to provide the wards with natural light.

Details are robust yet refined; blinds integrated into glazed screens, negative step skirting details and hygienic metal door sets help to promote infection control.


  • Begun: Jul 2009
  • Completed: Aug 2010
  • Floor area: 4,056m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £7.2M
  • Procurement: Traditional utilising JCT 2005
  • CO2 Emissions: 129.38kg/m2/year
  • Address: Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield Road, Calow, Chesterfield, S44 5BL, United Kingdom

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