Scanner suite complete at The Christie

A £2.8m hospital extension has opened in Withington, providing space for a suite of high-tech scanners to be used by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Design and construction consultancy Pick Everard oversaw the 9,100 sq ft project, which involved major refurbishments and alterations to the existing ward and a new-build extension to create the scanner bunker.

Built within a live hospital environment, the unit accommodates three scanners, with the option for a fourth to be added in the future.

The extension was designed by DAY Architectural.

Each room is equipped with a full-spectrum colour-changing LED lighting system for patients to control, which the designers believe helps to lower anxiety levels.

Jon Parry, regional director at Pick Everard, said: “This has been a highly technical project due to the scanners requiring a specialised, precise environment to operate in.

“The existing ward building is over 80 years old so it required careful project management to bring about a fit-for-purpose facility which will serve both patients and employees. The new facility will provide increased scanning capacity and a much-improved patient environment. The enhanced interior design features will also help to make time spent in the unit as relaxing as possible for patients.”

The contractor carrying out the works was City Build.

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