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National Breast Imaging Academy

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A two-storey extension to one of the largest and most prestigious breast units in the UK, the Nightingale Centre.

The development provides ground floor breast imaging clinical accommodation, a dedicated clinical training facility together with seminar and teaching spaces. Additional works include external plant, chiller and cycle store within the grounds, landscaping and boundary treatment, with a living wall to the front elevation.

The National Breast Imaging Academy has been designed to ease the clinical and workforce pressures at the existing centre.

The centre has experienced a 100% increase in referrals since opening in 2007 and is now poised to provide further services following the proposals outlined in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Population Health Plan 2017-2021.

As part of the original feasibility, the healthcare team worked collaboratively with Public Health England, The Royal College of Radiologists, The Society of Radiographers, The Association of Breast Clinicians and the British Society of Breast Radiologists.

The outcomes of this study concluded that the additional clinical capacity provided by an extension would enable Greater Manchester to implement the phase 3 proposals for breast imaging services across the city.

Creating a National Academy on the Wythenshawe Hospital site will attract trainees across all specialties throughout the UK.

The accommodation on the ground floor has been specified as state-of-the-art and will include:

  • 6 additional consult / exam rooms
  • 3 additional mammography rooms
  • 2 additional ultrasound rooms.
  • Patient waiting room
  • Radiology hub
  • Radiography hub

Additional teaching spaces and staff offices will be provided within the extension at first floor level. The proposed accommodation includes:

  • Seminar space
  • Tutorial room
  • Research office, reporting room and MAC room for training purposes
  • Offices for 16 members of staff

Material choices have been made to communicate the connected functionality of the two buildings to visitors.

The main entrance to the first-floor level has been expressed within the building form as an angular cube clad in stone. The stone has been chosen to match the existing material to the Nightingale Centre main entrance. Window reveals also have a stone frame detail around the brick reveal.

The south and east elevations to the proposed building are visible from the main pedestrian and vehicular access route through the hospital site. The external appearance of the building will consist of red brick in keeping with existing hospital buildings on the site and the eastern elevation to the Nightingale Centre. The façade is predominantly horizontal stretcher bond red brick in a light shade. Window reveals are expressed using a contrasting vertical stretcher bond pattern and a darker red brick set back from the external finish face.


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