Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK

The PFI development brief sets out to centralise and modernise acute services provided by the Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust, integrating the new facility with retained estate. The new accommodation provides a major A&E unit with 110 assessment beds, expanded outpatients department, new imaging facilities and an elective care centre with 5 operating theatres and 3 endoscopy suites. Altogether there are 361 new beds and neonatal places in a 50,000 m2 new build project plus a new decked car park with 457 spaces.
The scheme is planned within the context of a longer-term development control plan, rationalising what is currently a confusing external access and circulation system. The clinical planning solution provides a high degree of flexibility, integrating the old with the new to improve operational efficiency with clear separation of internal routes serving clinical, visitor and service and supply functions. Additional specialist features included a new pharmacy and dispensary, along with a rooftop helipad.

Stakeholder engagement was key during the construction process, with regular workshops held for community residents and staff. Staff were provided the opportunity to use ‘mock’ wards in order to familiarise themselves with the new building, and provided input into the choice of materials and fit-out of their new workplace.  A series of artworks, themed ‘Inside/Outside’ creates a strong sense of place and allows patients, staff and visitors to reflect and escape.  Throughout the construction period, it was ensured that the existing hospital remained fully operational, with minimal disruption. Landscaping, road improvements and other external works were completed as part of the project.

 A project of

Llewelyn Davies Yeang

Alyas Latif was involved while working at LDY


Broomfield Hospital

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

&  PFI delivery team led by Bouygues UK




Car park, Interior Design Masterplan and Public Realm Landscape Strategy