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News - 21 March 2010

New designs for £400m redevelopment of Royal Sussex County Hospital

Following extensive consultation Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) has made alterations to their designs for the redevelopment of the hospital site in Eastern Road.

New designs were unveiled by the architects on Tuesday 16 March addressing a number of concerns raised by residents and planners, principally about the height of the development and its compatibility with the neighbouring architecture.

The new designs reduce the height, increase green spaces and garden areas on the campus and add features more in keeping with the Regency architecture of Kemp Town.

One of the options for the Royal Sussex site

BSUH is planning to modernise the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to develop and expand the services provided for seriously ill and injured patients, and strengthen their role as the regional teaching hospital.

BSUH maintains that the main buildings at the front of the County Hospital, which were built 180 years ago, are cramped and inadequate and there is an overwhelming need to replace them with modern facilities in keeping with the provision of 21st century healthcare

The redevelopment proposes that the Hurstwood Park Regional Centre for Neurosciences will be relocated from Haywards Heath to Brighton placing neurosciences alongside other key emergency services, enabling the County to become the Major Trauma Centre for Sussex and the South East.

BSUH estimates that this new centre will treat around 360 patients with severe and multiple injuries every year. The redevelopment will also mean that the hospital can provide state-of-the-art teaching, training and research facilities for the medical school and local universities.


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