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Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary Care Centre (3Ts)


Location Client Cost Completion
Brighton, UK University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust £485m 2023

Project details

BDP was initially appointed by University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust in September 2010 to design and secure planning consent for demolition of the existing southern Royal Sussex County Hospital buildings, erection of two new buildings referred to as the Stage 1 and 2 Buildings, and a new service yard to the east forming Stage 3 of the development. This involved an interdisciplinary team, including: architecture; environmental engineering; interior design; landscape architecture; and town planning.

BDP’s solution fits a large scale hospital sensitively into its historic context. The topography of the site is fully exploited with the mass of the building broken down into fingers, which contain the bulk of the ward accommodation and face south with views over the English Channel.

BDP was involved in detailed negotiations with the local planning authority and Historic England, in relation to design and heritage issues. We also led extensive negotiations with the local authority on the complex Section 106 Agreement and planning conditions.

Two new state-of-the-art hospital buildings will bring Elderly Care, General Medicine, HIV and Clinical Infection wards up to modern standards, and establish the hospital as the Major Trauma Centre for the region. The new build will include 361 beds, 65% of which will be in single en-suite rooms, a helipad and additional parking spaces underground.

BDP is currently submitting details to discharge planning conditions and S106 obligations, as well as amendment applications for the Stage 1 Building forming part of the 3Ts development, which is due for completion in November 2022. BDP is also working to develop the masterplan for Stages 2 and 3 of the development.


  • redevelop the Royal Sussex County Hospital on a very constrained site
  • replace 200 year old buildings with modern facilities for the provision of 21st century healthcare


  • a reinvigorated sense of place and an environment that is as reassuring and welcoming as possible
  • the planning application, labelled by officers as “Brighton’s most complex application,” received a unanimous decision to grant consent from the planning committee in January 2012

Integrated services

architecture, building services engineering, design management, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability consultant, town planning, wayfinding