Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

The new Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Bath's Royal United Hospital is an innovative project intended to be at the forefront of the development of neo-natal intensive care across the UK.

The building consists of a single storey new-build extension, and the refurbishment of the space occupied by the existing NICU facility. The new-build element accommodates the clinical, support and reception functions as a discreet but contemporary intervention between the Princess Anne Wing and the Wolfeson building. The refurbishment element comprises staff and parents' facilities.




Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

Designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley, sustainability in construction and use was central to the design of the new unit.  The team were adamant that the new NICU should not be a one-off showcase for sustainability, but should serve as a template and catalyst for sustainable healthcare design.

The superstructure of the centre was constructed entirely in KLH cross-laminated timber and was built in 3 weeks, providing a quick and clean construction method within a healthcare environment.  The timber is exposed internally, creating a calm and domestic environment within an acute clinical setting. The project has achieved BREEAM 'Excellent' and incorporates a sedum roof for rainwater attenuation, and to increase biodiversity on the site.

Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for the Dyson Centre is 329m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 263.2 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 14.7 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to Bath.
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport therefore shows a 'nett gain' of 248.5 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere).


Ultimately, the timber superstructure for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care contains approximately 79 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.



Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

Project Details

Project Value: Confidential

Project Dates: 2010 - 2011

Services: Supply and Erect

Timber Volume: 329m3

Build Period: 3 weeks

Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

Design Team

Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley

Timber Engineer: Price & Myers

Main Contractor: Vinci Construction