Aviemore Hospital, Scotland
Hub, North Scotland
BB7 were appointed by Hub, North Scotland, to provide a fire strategy for the design period of the new hospital development in Aviemore in the North of Scotland.
The hospital facility includes 24-ensuite in-patient bedrooms, 12-consulting treatment rooms,
and a minor injuries unit along with dental and x-ray facilities. The hospital also provides
physiotherapy and occupational therapy services, chemotherapy, a midwife service, a base for the
Scottish Ambulance Service, and accommodation for the Aviemore GP practice, along with community health and social care teams.
The BB7 response
BB7 joined the design team in the initial stages and provided robust and detailed fire strategy
information to assist with the development of the proposed hospital in the North of Scotland.
Our team followed the guidance and legislation in the Scottish Health Technical Memorandum (SHTM) and the Non-Domestic Technical Handbook while producing the fire strategy.
The project modernised the current health facilities and developed the community and care
services in the Aviemore area of Scotland.
Benefits of service
Joining the design team in the initial stages allowed changes or problems to be amended without disrupting the time-line. It also allowed BB7 to identify areas of value engineering and cost savings early in the process.
The fire strategy was a valuable document for the design team and the expertise of BB7 allowed the
Fire Risk Management (FRM) to be taken into consideration at the ‘Fire Safety Design’ stage, so that the fire strategy and building design were generated coherently with the future management of the building in mind. This is particularly important for hospital buildings as management plays a key role in the fire safety of the building. The early incorporation of Fire Risk Management in the Fire Safety Design is considered to benefit the safety of the patients; enable easier management of the hospital from a fire perspective; and allow changes and Fire Risk Assessments to be implemented in an informed way in the future.