The new 30,000m2 Inpatient Ward Block (IWB) is the first phase of the extensive £261m Phase B Redevelopment Programme at the Ulster Hospital. The seven storey ward block provides 12 inpatient wards comprising 288 single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The accommodation provides a new Day Surgery, (four operating theatres, one of which is ultra-clean), a three procedure room Endoscopy department, Angiography department, Cardiac Investigation Unit, Robotic Pharmacy department and a Public Café.
The large full height windows and the transparency through the depth of the plan ensure that all departments feel strongly connected to nature, breaking with the inward-looking, institutional feel that still dominates many hospitals. Internally, careful consideration has been given to the choice of materials and colours to create different identities for each department.