Sir William Rous Unit

Hunters have designed a new roof extension creating an additional floor, with a new, bright and airy Haematology Day Unit, including a roof terrace with far reaching views.

The Medical Day Unit (MDU) in the Sir William Rous Unit at Kingston Hospital delivers day care chemotherapy and other supportive treatments. It is a state-of-the-art cancer facility for patients in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

The Unit includes reception and waiting area, with two multi-chair treatment bays, treatment rooms, a nurse base, interview room, beverage bay, drugs preparation room, dirty utility, WC’s and store room. The existing lift and staircases have been also extended as part of the design.

The new roof terrace enables views to the Surrey Hills and a new green roof adds to the green credentials. With research confirming that being outdoors aids health and wellbeing we hope to see similar design strategies implemented in other hospitals.

The outcome is a bright, modern and open clinical space, designed so patient treatment areas overlook the new roof terrace.  The calm interior and fine views of the roof terrace means, ‘you can’t help but to feel good when you walk into here’.

The challenge was designing a roof extension of an occupied healthcare premise (with a live clinical environment) and restricted access within a constrained hospital site. The hospital now has all the cancer related services of the hospital located under one roof.

“The new unit is amazing. We’ve always felt we provide a very high-quality care, but this has really enhanced the patient experience. You can’t help but feel good when you walk in here, it’s a very special place.”

Lesley Chamberlain, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kingston Hospital

Client Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Location Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Our Role Architects