Silcock Dawson has been appointed to appraise and review the Mechanical and Electrical services design for the delivery of a first class hospital facility at Sunderland Royal Hospital on behalf of Britspace Modular Buildings, to ensure compliance with Sunderland NHS Trust’s requirements and relevant health service standards. The firm will also be providing BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) advice, which will make the resulting extension a BREEAM Excellent rated building.

The new £16 million ICCU (integrated critical care unit) will employ cutting-edge technology which will make the new facility at the Hospital on Wearside, a National Flag Ship unit. Offering both intensive care and high dependency, for those who need a high level of nursing care, the ICCU will care for about 1,200 critically ill patients a year at one of the most advanced units in the UK. It will have more than 100 staff, including doctors, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and physiotherapists.

The unit forms part of a £33 million project which will also include additional wards and extra parking facilities. The new standards of design will help fight hospital infections and give better facilities for patients, staff and visitors alike.