Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy

For the last year I watch as the builder have moved into my local hospital to constructed a new state of the art wing to the existing Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. I visit the hospital on a 6th monthly cycles for appointments. On arrival about a year ago I found the car park that I always park was gone, and it was being cleared. This made me wonder why they would take parking spaces away from a hospital that was already squeezed for parking. As I entered the hospital i noticed a large model of what seem to be an extensions that was going to be made to the hospital. As I read in entree I found out they were going to centralise all the women’s and children’s department with midwife-led units that currently are at Froth Park Hospital. (This is the hospital I was born in) This is a huge project thats going to be costing NHs Fife £100m. This means this has to be done right. The existing Victoria Hospital is a large tower block built in the 70's and now can no longer cope with the demands put on to it. The building its self is slowly deteriorating and in need of up grading fast. Hope Fully this new building will relies some of the perishers from the existing hospital building.
The architects were giving a brief from NHs Fife for a hospital with
:500 bed acute PPP hospital extension to the existing Victoria Hospital
:specialist acute in-patient services
:diagnostic and treatment facilities with walk-in and walk-out surgery
:specialist women’s and children’s department with midwife-led units
The achitect BDP were awarded the contact, they have more than 1200 architects, designers, engineers, urbanists, sustainability experts, lighting designers and acoustics specialists in 15 studios across the UK, France, Ireland and Netherlands. BDP has a leading track record in all major sectors including health, education, workplace, retail, urbanism, heritage, housing, transport and leisure.
BDP came up with a wave shaped building set within a new landscape and parking facility. This new building is like a breath of fresh air in this new medical flag ship hospital. The Victoria Hospital has also been in braised with a new state of the art Maggie's Cancer Care Centre designed by Zaha Hadid. This is situated in the grounds of the existing hospital.
I hope for the community this new hospital wing is as smooth running as the lines the form the exterior slender curves that rape around the building.

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