The JCA design team is part of the professional team assigned to designing and creating the new critical care (ICU) facility at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

JCA worked extensively and thoroughly engaged with the management team at the Trust, together with the clinicians and design team, with a view to deliver a new ‘class leading’ expanded adult (ICU) intensive care unit.

This is a major and exciting development within the hospital that offers patients, patient families and clinicians new state-of-the-art facilities for a critical care environment.

These benefits include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maximising daylight for the patients with extensive views of the city using full height thermal comfort glazing
  • Large bed spaces with carefully considered ceiling mounted articulated arms and monitoring facilities
  • Glass will replace curtains to improve noise reduction and privacy
  • Improved relative facilities
  • Upgraded burns unit environmental systems
  • Centralised 24 hours critical care engineering systems offering flexible, maintainable systems with minimal maintenance impact in patient areas

JCA overcame complex engineering challenges to design a solution to facilitate upgraded central engineering upgrades whilst ensuring there is no impact to the usual day to day running of the hospital during the construction works and to provide a phased handover and sectional completion of areas. The engineering specified throughout the scheme uses modern, energy efficient and dynamic controlled environmental and lighting management systems.

David Butcher, Director of Estates and Facilities at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, said: “This project is a complex major scheme in a central London hospital that needed engineering design capability of the highest standard with a team capable of working closely with clinicians to provide a design that can be built in a properly planned and methodical manner with minimal impact to the usual day to day running of the hospital.”

Phase 1 of the project is completed, handed over to the client and currently in use.