New MRI and CT Diagnostic Centre for Royal Surrey Hospital

This project is a new-build MRI and CT Diagnostics Centre for the Royal Surrey Hospital to be situated in the grounds of the Milford Hospital, Godalming, Surrey. The new unit will have 2no Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners and 1no Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, along with support facilities.

The site is in the Metropolitan Green Belt of Surrey in the Godalming area, with large commercial farms, farm houses, cottages and new-build townhouses. Milford Hospital also has the X-Ray imaging Unit and Physiotherapy Clinics and Community Services on other parts of the site, so the new MRI and CT unit will consolidate the provision of diagnostic imaging, outpatient and rehabilitation services to Guildford and Waverley areas.

The proposed Milford Diagnostics Building is a single-storey building with a total floor area of 1122sqm plus a loft and service yard for mechanical and electrical services. The building is 7m high with barrel roofs whose curvilinear profile gives it a country-barn style thus keeping in touch with the rural vernacular of the area. Tongue and Groove wood-effect rainscreen cladding is proposed for the MRI and CT wings, and stone effect boards for the Reception and Staff wings. This has the effect of softening the visual intrusion of the building and at the same time, enclosing a hi-tech building in a style that respects its immediate surrounding buildings. There will be a glazed link corridor connecting it to the existing Rehabilitation Building next door. Also proposed is a new side access service road to the hospital and a new electricity substation.

The project has been awarded planning permission.