GRI Queen Elizabeth building, Royal Infirmary Glasgow design, NHS Scotland Intensive Care Unit facility, Concourse architect

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Building

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Building design by various architects.

post updated 16 September 2023

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Intensive Care Unit Phase 2

Address: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle St, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Phone: 0141 211 4000

Design: Reiach and Hall Architects, Edinburgh

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photos courtesy of Reiach and Hall Architects

For NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Glasgow Royal Infirmary ICU

Refurbishment of existing ward to create new 10 bed unit and construction of new roof top pavilion containing ancillary staff and visitor accommodation.

Reiach and Hall : Roses Design Awards Healthcare Building of the Year 2011 Bronze.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Concourse

Location: North Glasgow University

Address: Queen Elizabeth Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2GA, United Kingdom.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Concourse Transformed by £1.5m Refurbishment

The veil will be lifted this week (18 Sep 2003) on the £1.5m refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Building concourse and health records department at one of Glasgow’s most prominent medical landmarks, The Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The works were designed by Glasgow based architectural and interior design practice Armitage Associates.

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GRI interior images from Armitage Associates

Through time the original Royal Infirmary concourse, built in the 1970’s, had become dated and the effects of more than thirty years of wear and tear were evident thus North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust commissioned the refurbishment.

Armitage Associates were appointed in May 2002 to design accommodation for the Health Records Department and to completely refurbish the concourse from its dated appearance to a light, airy and welcoming environment. The brief also required retail units, a comfortable and inviting seating area as well as a reception desk.

The original Glasgow Royal Infirmary building was demolished in 1907 as Glasgow’s demand outgrew the hospital’s capability. The present hospital building was custom designed by architect James Miller and opened in 1914 by King George V. It was Britain’s biggest public building at that time.

The refurbished Glasgow Royal Infirmary concourse is located beneath the new maternity unit at the Alexandra Parade entrance to the hospital. This main entrance services several important routes to the rest of the hospital and is therefore one of the busiest areas for patients, visitors and hospital personnel.

Lena Armitage of Armitage Associates commented:

“We were delighted to be given the opportunity to work on this project in conjunction with the health trust. The specification of the project meant that the concourse would be completely revamped.”

The health records department is now a collection of bright airy offices despite the limited daylight available. Colours, floor patterns and modulation of the ceiling plane all add interest and purpose designed, built in desk units create an ordered environment for the processing of a multitude of paperwork.

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary Concourse occupies a 50 x 50 m floor plate with a floor to ceiling height of 3.5 m. Included in the concourse are the main reception desk, the newsagent and the pharmacy.

The design of the concourse began with a rectangular space from which areas were carved out and added to accommodateretail units and the health records department. The limited scope for varying the ceiling level was exploited to the maximum with concealed lighting and significant areas of flat white ceiling. The ubiquitous suspended ceiling tiles (necessary for access to the services above) were pushed to the edges – made possible by the careful design of the services.

A large welcoming ash veneered reception desk sits prominently in the space, open and inviting and designed to be secure for the staff but approachable by visitors and patients. Dimpled aluminium covers the front of the desk. Perforated aluminium on stainless steel posts holds up a shelf and acts as a screen to offer some privacy to the staff. Floating above the desk is an aluminium halo with pendant lights strung in a semi circle.

A virtue is made of a fire stair with curved glass plank elliptical segments back lit with colour change LED’s creating a soothing light filled atmosphere with a framed recess for a valued bust of hospital benefactor Marjory Shanks Schaw. The staircase leading to the Princess Royal Maternity is given prominence by a sweeping curved wall clad with picture vinyl floor tiles of bubbles in a beautiful azure blue.

An enormous 18m x 3m photographic mural has been hung on the wall at the end of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary concourse, opposite the main entrance, replacing the original dark brown brick wall. The banner and its lighting create the illusion of a view out of the concourse and of light spilling in. The mural is detailed in the same way as scaffolding advertising hoardings and is protected with a stainless steel wire balustrade: creating an illusion of an outside beyond, not just a wall at the end of the concourse.

The bespoke mural was created for the Glasgow Royal Infirmary by Glasgow artist Nichol Weatley who explained:

“The idea and sole inspiration was to produce an artwork that would have a positive benefit to all, patients, staff and visitors of the hospital and to enhance and complement the overall ambience of the space created by Armitage Associates.

“The space is a welcoming and calming entrance to the hospital. Working closely with the architects we were able to strengthen and harmonise art with architecture, acting as a window to the world outside. The mural entitled “East End Tale” represents the unique history of the area, arguably the most historic in Glasgow, and its people.“

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Building images / information 17 Sep 2003 from Armitage Associates

GRI Building Development

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has around 1000 beds and provides a broad range of services. The Hospitals NHS Trust has recently completed a £60m development at the GRI.

The GRI now has a new Plastic Surgery & Burns Unit and an Emergency Receiving Centre, following closure of Canniesburn Hospital.

Old Glasgow Royal Infirmary

The Old Glasgow Royal Infirmary was originally designed by Robert Adam, completed in 1794 by James Adam. The GRI was erected on the site of the old Bishop’s Castle. The GRI was extended many times during the 19th century before it was demolished and then rebuilt 1907-1914.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Multi-Storey Car Park, Glasgow design by Young & Gault Architects

A 1,000 space multi-storey car park designed within the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Complex in Glasgow. Two masonry ‘book ends’ to the two public facades are linked at below with a masonry base; floor levels are expressed by aerofoil fins between bookends.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary:
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photos © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Infirmary – Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson 1981

Location: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK

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James Miller also worked on Central Station Glasgow around 1901-6

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Glasgow Royal Infirmary : 0141 211 4000

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Architect : Robert Adam

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