Darlington Theatres and Mortuary

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Darlington Theatres and Mortuary

Highly commended at the BBH awards as an outstanding example of P21+ at its very best, P+HS Architects and the team adopted a truly collaborative ethos to successfully deliver this complex and challenging project.

The 'STEM' (Surgical Theatres and Enhanced Mortuary) Project is an important scheme, involving the new build of 6 operating theatres and a mortuary facility with bereavement suite, together with the re-modelling and refurbishment of existing theatres, recovery suite, day surgery facilities and the associated post and pre-operative ward areas.

Works were meticulously phased to successfully deliver the works within a live, busy hospital environment with minimum disruption to the day to day running of acute services.

See more from the Trust about the new scheme here.

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"The Trust are extremely happy with all aspects of the design from an architectural perspective and comment regularly on the transformation that has taken place at Darlington Memorial Hospital."

"All the team at P+HS Architects performed extremely well from inception to completion of the various phases. Changes to the design and ongoing queries were dealt with without delay. I would recommend P+HS for future work without question."

  • Capital Cost


  • P21+ PSCP

    Vinci (IHP)

  • Services Provided

    RIBA stages A to L

  • Client

    County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Minimising disruption and ensuring that a maximum number of theatres remained operational throughout the build was an absorbing challenge, involving meticulous planning: the team worked closely with the clinical teams to establish the phasing of works and to agree the details of decanting arrangements.

A booklet, encapsulating the detailed elements of each phase of the construction works, was produced at the start of the project to assist clinical teams in planning workflow and to ensure that the whole team had a clear understanding of the works, and availability of accommodation, and could plan activity accordingly.

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