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Royal Papworth Hospital

  • Papworth completion
  • Papworth completion
  • Papworth completion
  • Papworth completion

In 2015, we began work to build the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, for the Papworth NHS Foundation Trust. Work was completed in May 2019 and it was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2019. The hospital received its royal title in 2017.

Beautiful and efficient

The new hospital was designed to combine a highly efficient clinical layout with a stunning external appearance. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds, it captures the essence of the original tuberculosis hospital that is today’s pioneering heart and lung treatment and transplant centre of excellence.

Maximising energy efficiency

Building information modelling (BIM) technology was used to maximise energy efficiency and map all the building’s services. A clear plan of all the facilities ensures the hospital has long-term flexibility regarding the changing use of spaces. The technology was also used to engage clinicians during the construction process, bringing the building to life.

Improving capacity

The 40,000sqm Royal Papworth Hospital has 310 beds, six operating theatres and six catheterisation labs. Over the next 35 years, our facilities management team will provide extensive estate management services, including a helpdesk.

World-class biomedical centre

The hospital is located at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which was created to bring together world-class biomedical research, patient care and education on a single site. This was achieved by co-locating bio-tech companies and the 12,000-strong community of healthcare professionals and research scientists, making it one of the world’s leading biomedical centres.


Service: Public Private Partnerships, Facilities services
Mark segment: Medical, healthcare and welfare, Hospitals
Concept: Skanska Values
Start date: 2015
Completion date: 2018
Clients: Papworth NHS Foundation Trust
Country: United Kingdom
City: Cambridge
OM/FM period: 2018 - 2048
Concession period: 2018 - 2048
Project status: Ongoing