Sunderland Emergency Department

Sunderland Royal Hospital is an acute hospital part of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. The works comprise of the refurbishment, upgrade and extension of the existing A&E department into a new Paediatric and Adult Emergency Department complete with new build office accommodation. Specialist areas are provided within the new Emergency Department such as High Acuity, High Dependency, Resuscitation, X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT Scanning and De-Contamination, all of which require detailed and extensive servicing arrangements to support the function of each space.


The Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Medical Gases and Pneumatic tube systems are valued at circa £6m and involve a complete service renewal throughout which includes new central plant and electrical distribution facilities.

TGA worked very closely with designers, P+HS Architects and Buro Happold Civil and Structural to fully co-ordinate the services within a digital 3D environment using Autodesk Revit.

This high level collaboration ensured that services were sized and placed accurately to represent the final installed arrangement thus providing confidence to the installer, in this case H Malone & Sons and Veale Nixon, that the services could be installed with limited risk to programme and costs.

The project is phased to allow the existing A&E department to function continuously without disruption.

The services have been designed to accommodate and respect existing operational facilities, which resulted in sensitive operations in live areas of the hospital.

Maintaining the operational state of existing hospital facilities in and around the area of works was of prime concern to the Hospital. The Paediatric Emergency Department, which is Phase 1 of the project will complete in December 2015 and will be used as the main Emergency Department until Phase 2 of the project, the Adult department, is completed in August 2016.