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How do you weave a modern hospital complex into the fabric of a community?

Manchester, England, is a city in transition. But as it changes, its industrial Victorian past remains woven into its modern urban tapestry. This evolution can be seen in Central Manchester Hospitals and Research Centre (CMHRC). Through bold and original design, the hospital campus honors the past, meets the needs of today’s patient, and is leading Manchester into the future.

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Years in the community

Manchester Royal Infirmary, the first of Central Manchester’s hospitals, has been taking care of the community for over two-and-a-half centuries.

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Square feet

The square footage of the CMHRC site covers well over 2 acres and is equal to 139,355 square metres.

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Design plans

We developed thousands of versions of the design plan that showed the many stakeholder groups involved how the project would meet their needs. (They got approved.)

Put community first

Put community first

Central Manchester Hospitals has always been part of its community—a comforting beacon of care for those in need. Now, its commitment can be seen and felt through a new layout that (quite literally) puts community first. Shared diagnostic and research spaces are near the back, while each hospital’s patient spaces (e.g., exam rooms, waiting areas) are placed up front. Also, each hospital’s entrance—as well as its light and airy reception area—faces the main hospital “boulevard” and green space, further showcasing each hospital’s “community” side.

We brought the edges of the hospital complex and historic neighborhood together with a little green, making it one of the three largest urban spaces in Manchester. Instead of just another hospital, this metro healthcare quarter is now a community destination.

Reinvent the past

Others saw old buildings. We saw a city’s rich history and a chance to preserve the heritage that has shaped, and continues to shape, the community. In designing the new hospital campus plan, we turned a number of the surrounding Victorian buildings into non-clinical support spaces.

These modern spacesincluding an education center, library, cafe, and staff housingcelebrate the past and help patients and visitors feel comfortable, uplifted, and inspired.

We Are Better Together

Our work begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, we have the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Anuradha Sabherwal
Senior Associate, Project Leader
Anuradha Sabherwal
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Catherine Zeliotis
Senior Associate, Healthcare Architecture
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