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QEF Project Wins RICS 2016 National Award for Infastructure.

This £32 million Accident & Emergency Care Centre was described by RICS judges as “an outstanding project"

Peter Harding - Managing Director QE Facilities.

“The whole QEF team are extremely proud of this achievement, and is recognition for delivery of an exceptional leading edge project. The design of the ECC is innovative and works for all users now and provides a functional lasting legacy for the people of Gateshead. As a result QE Facilities are in contact with a number of organisations as this project represents a new blue print for hospital designs both throughout the uk and far beyond.” Well done to all the team".


The prestigious RICS Awards Grand final, [the property Oscars] were held at the Hilton hotel Park lane London, on Friday 14th October and brought together the very best of the county’s most inspirational and innovative development projects who were themselves winners in this year’s Regional awards.

This £32 million Accident & Emergency Care Centre was described by RICS judges as an outstanding project, not only in terms of the architecture and facilities provided, but also in how it brings together all the medical facilities required to treat patients during an emergency into a single bright modern new building.

The exemplar Building heralds a new era in medical design with the latest wireless technologies to streamline patient flow.

RICS judges said it will greatly benefit the Gateshead community and surrounding areas for generations to come. The new Emergency Care Centre building not only has a unique design and facilities, but it completely changes the way patients are cared for during an emergency by bringing together a wide range of services including:

  • accident and emergency

  • a walk in centre

  • GP services

  • medical & surgical assessment

  • urgent children’s services

This state-of-the-art facility, which was officially opened by Brendan Foster CBE in August, has also been designed in a completely different way to most existing hospitals. The layout has been chosen because it specifically reflects what people say they want from a modern NHS hospital, which includes single occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms for all patients in our short stay wards.

David Brooks Wilson - FRICS FCIS FCT FCIM

“This award recognises exceptional infrastructure projects that have impacted and enhanced the lives of millions of people living around them. The schemes reviewed showed evidence of public consultation detailed planning, Innovation and improvement not only in construction but in contributing to maintaining essential services and improving the quality of the environment”

This exceptionally strong category included projects at;-

  • Colchester Waste Station - East of England

  • Northampton Castle- East Midlands

  • Woolwich Ferry Linkspans Refurbishment – London

  • Manchester Victoria Station Redevelopment – North West

  • Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast – Northern Ireland

  • Borders Railway – Scotland

  • Sandwich Town Tidal defence, Kent – South East

  • Pendennis Masterplan Redevelopment, Falmouth – South West

  • Birmingham gate way – West Midlands

  • Blackburn Meadows Biomass – Yorkshire & Humberside

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