The 3Ts hospital redevelopment

This is where we are going…

And this is where we have got to so far…

Updated 17 January 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 foundation piles for the building have been completed and the excavation work is well underway. Most of the site, except the area immediately adjacent to Eastern Road, will be dug down two and half storeys. This is to accommodate underground car parking and the building’s plant rooms.

Excavations are complete across the north of the site (the bottom of the picture). The buidling’s foundation slab is being constructed in that area. Looking carefully it is possible to see the places where some of the building’s lifts will be installed, towards the bottom of the picture.

Two of the four tower cranes that will be used in the construction of the building are already in place. A third crane is on top of the tower block, working on the construction of the helideck.

Over the next three months: excavations will be completed, the foundation slab will be nearing completion and the other two tower cranes will be set up on site.

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: