Patient comfort at heart of designs for £150 million Aberdeen hospital and cancer centre

Designers of a new £150 million hospital and cancer treatment centre for Aberdeen have said patient comfort is key in planning the new development.

Speaking at the first open day event in Cummings Park Community Centre, NORR Consultants senior architect Bruce Danraj explained the shape of the building would play a part in ensuring patients and visitors felt welcome.

He said: “One of the design aspirations that we’ve got to try to answer is avoiding the building (the Baird Family Hospital) being monolithic. One of the advantages of having a curve is that you never actually see a corner.

“This is to try to keep it low-key, and to try to keep it more human in scale so hopefully people can identify with it.”

This sentiment was mirrored by the clinical lead for the NHS Grampian ANCHOR project Mike Greaves.

He said: “It is a very exciting project and it’s all about reviewing efficiency.

“We have tried to improve on patient focus by adding an atrium so that there is a lot of natural light and greenery so that the centre is less intimidating.”

Project team secretary Fiona Clark also hoped patients would feel more at ease in the Baird Family Hospital than in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. She said: “It’s important that it is easy to navigate and that the building flows.

“In the ANCHOR Centre, everything patients might need is all in one place.”

Brenda Massie, a volunteer at NHS Grampian Radio, visited the open day event to learn more.

She said: “It’s good to see that they have a patient focus – I think Aberdeen is lucky that the Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre have involved the community from the start.”

Public consultation is set to continue with project representatives planning to host pop-ups on Wednesday and Thursday across the ARI Concourse and at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital

The Baird Family Hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, breast screening and symptomatic services, while the ANCHOR Centre will provide investigation and treatment services for patients with cancer and blood disorders.