Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital Newcastle

TGA Consulting Engineers LLP were appointed initially by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and then subsequently by BAM for the design of the mechanical and electrical services for this new build project delivered under Procure 21.

The Institute of Transplantation is intended to facilitate simultaneous organ transplants. It is the first such facility to be constructed in the UK and reflects the Freeman Hospital’s pioneering reputation for surgery of this nature.


The £23m building accommodates 4 oversized, ultraclean operating theatres for use in live donor transplants. One of the theatres is equipped for laparoscopic surgery.

There is also a recovery area, a 22 bed critical care facility, a 30 bed ward area, an outpatient’s suite, a screening and imagining suite, a dedicated lecture theatre with associated education and training facilities, research and development laboratories, staff changing, staff rest and surgical administrative offices.

As part of the design development the design / construction team worked closely with the Trust’s surgical infection control and nursing teams to ensure that the building provides a state of the art facility which meets the Trust’s aspirations.

Primary services, such as steam, medium temperature hot water, chilled water, medical gasses and electrical supplies are derived from the Hospital’s existing infrastructure and energy centre.

The Institute of Transplantation’s main air handling plant, central services and electrical distribution equipment are housed in the new level 4 plant room.

The new building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The Institute of Transplantation was completed in 2011