Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

We used our expert range of engineering and construction capabilities to deliver a complex NHS facility.

We designed and constructed this RIBA award-winning health campus, transforming healthcare provisions in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK's largest healthcare sites and is home to two important NHS trusts. We created a modern environment to enhance service and ensure patient wellbeing.

With the demands of this busy hospital in mind, we developed and implemented an innovative ward design. Each ward is made up of a series of clusters, which can be combined if necessary to accommodate more patients. All facilities and lifts are positioned expertly for ease of transport and communication between wards. The campus-style layout includes a new 1,213-bed acute hospital, a 137-bed specialist psychiatric hospital and teaching facility, as well as a 21-bed mental health resource.

An all-round approach

Over the course of the project, we delivered a wide range of collaborative skills including PFI funding, construction, mechanical and electrical installation, civil engineering and facilities management. 

The project was completed on time with several elements delivered early. Our offsite manufacturing facility, Off-site Solutions, helped deliver several sections ahead of schedule. This included the design, manufacture and installation of 600 shower and WC pods, 300 ward modules and 1,800 modules of ducting, pipe work and cabling. This modular approach greatly reduced the need for onsite operations such as hot works, manual handling and working at height. Our in-house piling business, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering delivered 2500 450mm and 600mm diameter CFA piles as well as precast, steel tube and mini piles.

Bright, welcoming and calm, the design of the new hospital is specifically focused around the needs of patients and visitors, making a hospital visit as easy and pleasant as possible.

We’ve got a fantastic facility. It’s not just fantastic for the staff that work here or the patients of Birmingham. We treat patients from all over the UK, and actually beyond our own shores, and finally they’ve got the hospital they deserve.

Morag Jackson
PFI Project Director, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

2,274,014 hours

on site without an accident


of workers came from within a 15-mile radius


of demolition waste was recycled