Royal Sussex Hospital redevelopment:

amended proposals


Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospital Trust aims to submit a planning application in June or July 2011 for the comprehensive, £400 million-plus modernisation of facilities of this acute regional centre – neuroscience transferred from elsewhere, a major trauma centre instituted, the cancer centre expanded and the medical school facilities enhanced.

Around 80 per cent of the investment is earmarked for modern, fit-for-purpose facilities to serve the local catchment area.

Clearly, residents in surrounding streets, extremely close to the site, will be most directly affected by the volume and massing. Two conservation areas, East Cliff and College, are adjacent to the site and the helipad would enter some views from and of the Grade 1 listed Kemp Town estate.

Key issues and features include:
• Massive disturbance and heavy traffic during a ten-year redevelopment programme
• Demolition of the present line of buildings immediately to the north of Eastern Road, including Sir Charles Barry’s building and its listed Victorian chapel
• Three tall, thin blocks of wards that will run down towards Eastern Road to the south of the even taller Thomas Kemp Tower
• A helicopter pad that would rise above the Thomas Kemp Tower
• The replacement for the Barry building: street frontages in the west would have a similar roofline to the hospital block that is being replaced and, at the east, to the adjoining Victorian terrace
• The view of the building from Paston Place – the latest proposal is for a light, curved, balconied structure

The project team is very keen to gather local opinions on the redevelopment. The Regency Society, the city's Conservation Advisory Group (of which we are a member) and local residents' groups have been engaged in monthly liaison group meetings from the start and there is an open invitation to take part.

For more information, go to www.bsuh.nhs.uk/about-us/hospital-redevelopment. To join liaison group meetings, e-mail mariusz.przbytek@bsuh.nhs.uk




With thanks to Robert Edwards and John McKean.





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The proposed street frontage from the east, hopefully making the three tall spines of wards appear less overwhelming. Just glimpsed over the Victorian terrace is the helipad on top of the existing Thomas Kemp tower. The earlier proposal for a space-age helipad has now been dropped.

Looking down on the development, showing the three tall blocks of wards to the east, most of which will catch glimpses of a sea view. To the west are the roof gardens and terraces on top of a five-storey block. Royal Alexandra children’s hospital top left, Thomas Kemp tower with helipad top right.

The view up Paston Place, with five-storey white bow shapes, clean and simple glazing and sunshading. This is a 21st century response to an early 19th century heritage and is a considerable refinement from an earlier proposal.

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