The 3Ts hospital redevelopment

This is where we are going…

And this is where we have got to so far…

Updated 20 March 2018

This is the construction site for the Stage 1 Building, that will open in the winter of 2020/21. It is the larger of the two new buildings the redevelopment will provide. Eastern Road, the main road past the front of the hospital, is at the top of the picture.

The excavation work are complete and the foundation slab, which will house the building’s plant rooms, is in place. The upper basement floor, which will be used for car parking, is 50% complete. There are now three tower cranes working on this building and the fourth will arrive early in April.

Looking carefully at the picture it is possible to see some of the internal structural columns that will support the the ground floor of the building. It is also possible to spot some of the building’s lift cores toward the bottom of the picture.

Over the next three months:
The upper basement floor will be completed
The retaining walls around the edge of the site will have a smooth concrete finish applied.
The fourth tower crane will arrive.
The slab for the ground floor will start to be poured.

Stage 1, looking east along Eastern Road and showing the hospital’s new main entrance.

Stage 1, looking west along Eastern Road, showing the helideck on top of the Thomas Kemp Tower.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a £485 million programme to replace all the buildings on the front of the main hospital site. We call the programme the ‘3Ts redevelopment’, which reflects our role in teaching, trauma and tertiary care.

The work will happen in three stages and take nine years to complete. When finished there will be two new clinical buildings covering the front half of the hospital site. More than forty wards and departments will move into the new buildings.

The new facilities will meet the highest clinical standards and offer patients a modern, spacious care environment.

Laing O’Rourke is the lead contractor for the redevelopment.

Stage 1: Jan 2016 to winter 2020

The Stage 1 Building will be built on the south east quarter of the hospital.  It will replace the wards and departments of the Barry Building which is the oldest inpatient ward block in England. It opened its doors 20 years before Florence Nightingale started nursing.

At the same time a helideck will be constructed on the top of the Thomas Kemp Tower. This will be used to move the most severely injured and unwell patients.

Stage 2: winter 2020 to winter 2023

The Stage 2 Building will take up the south west quarter of the site. It will house the new and expanded Sussex Cancer Centre.

Stage 3: winter 2023 to winter 2024

The third stage will be a new delivery and service area to improve site management.

For a full overview of the redevelopment, please read our booklet Understanding the redevelopment.

You can also read the full business case and see the designs and images.

  • Improved hospital experience for hundreds of thousands of patients and visitors every year.
  • New, state of the art, facilities for more than 40 wards and departments.
  • 200 inpatient beds moved from 19th century buildings into brand new accommodation.
  • 65% of the beds in the new buildings in single, en-suite rooms. The rest will be in single sex, four bedded bays.
  • Increased capacity for the departments with highest demand, including Cancer Services, Neurosciences, Stroke Services and Intensive Care.
  • Up-to-date facilities for the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre.
  • A new helideck for air ambulances to land on the hospital site, rather than in East Brighton Park.
  • Dedicated patient and visitor parking directly beneath the new buildings.
  • Easier for everyone to get around the hospital site from the spacious new entrance hall.
If you have any queries or comments, or would like to know more about the redevelopment, please do get in contact: