£170m new wing opens at Fife hospital


500 additional beds as part of state-of-the-art development

A 500-bed extension has opened at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

The wing was delivered as part of a PPP project led by Balfour Beatty and commissioned by NHS Fife.

The facility contains 11 operating theatres and a new A&E department, as well as offering a range of other services including maternity, paediatric, renal and critical care.

The geometry and massing of the new hospital relate to the grain of the site, with its stepped form mediating between the urban scale of the existing hospital building to the north west and the suburban scale of the adjoining residential area to the north east. The design is a medium rise modern variant of the podium and tower format of the existing building.

Diagnostic and treatment space is located in an extensive two-storey podium, offering flexibility to accommodate future changes in clinical practice and technology. This podium is subdivided by wide landscaped courtyards, assisting orientation and providing daylight and long views.

Wards are accommodated in contrasting straight or wave form elements located in the upper four storeys above the podium, providing a variety of ward sizes to suit NHS Fife’s brief.

Sign up for your free email newsletter

The £170m development was designed by BDP. While the structural engineer was White Young Green and the building services engineer was Hulley and Kirkwood.