The £12m works consisted of the construction of a sophisticated new-build maternity unit, containing 14 en-suite birthing rooms with facilities for partners to stay over, two dedicated operating theatres, a Transitional Care Facility, a Special Care Baby Unit and a Bereavement Suite. An innovative skills lab is also within the new unit which enables multi-disciplinary teams to learn and train together, ensuring clinical and decision making skills are consistently kept up to date.
Market leading critical care power systems are in place and were supplied by Bender UK Ltd, along with high specification surgical lighting, all of which were installed by specialist mechanical and electrical contractors, Bowker Ltd.
Construction started in September 2016 and took just under 15 months to complete. The 2553 square metre building, which is 85% larger than its predecessor, is a stand-alone, two-storey steel structure with metal decking on piled foundations, designed by Day Architectural Ltd. Included in the design is a sheet cladding aspect which reflects the shipbuilding heritage of Barrow and Furness.
The new Maternity Unit has been named South Lakes Birth Centre by public and staff which officially opens on 14th February 2018.
KOK performed Principal Designer Advisor services on this project alongside Vinci Construction UK Ltd and Day Architectural Ltd for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.