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Grange University Hospital


Location Client Cost Size Completion Awards
Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran , UK Aneurin Bevan Health Board £350m 55,000m2 November 2021 4

Project details

Grange University Hospital (previously known as the Specialist and Critical Care Centre) is the centrepiece of a new model of healthcare delivery serving over 600,000 people, and deals with all major emergencies as well as treating patients needing complex emergency or critical care. It has 471 beds and is home to more than 40 specialist services with a helicopter pad for patients who need to arrive by air ambulance.  

Careful modelling of staff and patient flows in the design phase allows early streaming to a point of care and access to timely and expert care; this is supported by dedicated circulation systems for front of house and back of house services enhancing patient privacy. 

The hospital is designed to be flexible, adaptable and expandable. The use of universal rooms allows operational flexibility and blurring of departmental boundaries to deal with changing demand. 

It takes advantage of the landscaped setting, offering views across the surrounding countryside and access to therapeutic spaces to promote healing and wellness. The workplace also offers a highly connected environment with high quality staff spaces to attract and retain the best workforce.

The building has been designed to BIM Level 2 and maximises the use of digital technology through the supply chain. Off-site manufactured components were installed on site to enable programme efficiencies, offer improved health and safety and maximise quality control.

The project has received four awards to date: Constructing Excellence Wales 'Project of the Year 2021',  Constructing Excellence Wales 'Digital Construction Award 2020' and 'Off-Site Award 2020' and Constructing Excellence (National) Highly Commended 'Offsite Project of the Year 2020'. 

It will help us to create a much improved care environment, timely access to emergency care and ensure patients get the best outcomes from their care.

Judith Paget, Chief Executive Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


  • New model of care to centralise specialist and critical care services 
  • High quality and efficient clinical environment 
  • Evidence based design principles 
  • BREEAM Excellent 


  • Flexible and futureproof with the highest quality patient environment 
  • Digital engineering - BIM Level 2 project
  • Completed early through a collaborative approach and the use of MMC 
  • Constructing Excellence Wales Award 2021 - Building Project of Year 
  • Building Better Healthcare 2021- Best Healthcare Development (£10mHealthcare )

Integrated services

masterplanning, architecture, interior design, clinical planning, planning consultant, landscape architecture


Laing O’Rourke brings engineering expertise, innovation in healthcare construction, a committed and energised team and an absolute focus on delivery certainty.

Ray O’Rourke