Ninewells Hospital among 200 projects that shaped the world

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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is featuring Ninewells Hospital as one of the top 200 influential people and projects which show how civil engineering has shaped the world and transformed people’s lives for the better.

A short video accompanies the project, featuring interviews with the engineers responsible.

To mark ICE’s 200th anniversary, the Institution is highlighting 200 inspirational and world-changing projects around the world throughout 2018. Nominated by ICE’s members and selected by an expert panel, the projects illustrate the breadth and depth of civil engineering’s impact on our daily lives.

On Ninewells, the Institution said:

As the NHS turns 70, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee stands as a testament to the importance of what can be achieved when engineers work closely with clinicians and other build environment professionals to deliver life-saving infrastructure. The first new teaching hospital to be built in Britain since the 19th century, and the largest in Europe when it opened in 1974, the design piloted an alternative concept of a mainly low group of buildings to help ease of movement, face-to-face contact and future expansion. The slope of the site was used to aid separation of internal traffic, each level having its distinct point of access on the north side. Thus the wards were located on the quiet south and west aspects to minimise noise and maximise light. The concourse at the heart of the hospital allowed direct access to both clinics and medical school.

Ninewells was designed to be a leader in clinical research, science and teaching – the hospital introduced keyhole surgery to the UK, the first (IVF) test-tube baby in Scotland was born at Ninewells, and the hospital is a leading centre for cancer management.

Peter Copeland, Director of Estates, University of Dundee (retired) said, “The quality of the original structure is Ninewells underlying strength. Durability is particularly important when you take into the account the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the mining and processing of natural resources to manufacturing, transport and product delivery. Structures need to be able to withstand the passage of time and also be capable of adapting to the new demands placed upon them. Ninewells epitomises that.”

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