Hospital redevelopment

3Ts (Trauma, Teaching and Tertiary care) redevelopment project at the Royal Sussex County site, Brighton

Project overview

The 3Ts Redevelopment is replacing all the buildings on the front half of the Royal Sussex County Hospital. In their place will be two brand new clinical buildings and a much needed service and logistics yard. The project is also providing a helideck for air ambulances on top of the Thomas Kemp Tower, which is at the heart of the the hospital. From there our most severely injured and unwell patients can be taken directly to A&E via a dedicated lift.

The project is being carried out in three stages. This ensures that all our clinical services can continue to run on site during construction. We are currently working on Stage 1 and the helideck.

When complete, the new buildings will provide spacious, well resourced and modern facilities for patients and staff in more than 40 wards and departments. It will also have replaced the oldest acute ward building in the NHS, the Barry Building, which cared for patients since 1828. 

Stage 1 of the redevelopment includes a new Welcome Space, running the entire length of the building. The will provide ample space for everyone and a high quality retail outlet. The Welcome Space will be accessible from the main road outside the hospital and from the new car park under the building.

The redevelopment is taking the front half of the hospital from the 19th to 21st Century in a decade. We are at an exciting time, there is about a year to go until Stage 1 of the redevelopment is complete.

Progress update on Stage 1 (as at 17 January 2022)

Stage 1 Building

The Stage 1 Building stands on the south east quarter of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site. It is the first of the two new buildings that the 3Ts Redevelopment will provide.

The outside of the Stage 1 Building is all but complete. All the efforts are now on its internal fit-out. At its busiest times we have more than 500 trades people working across the 13 floors of the new building (11 above ground and 2 in the basement). Due to the range of equipment required across the various departments the internal fit-out is actually the longest phase of construction.

Construction on Stage 1 is due to complete by the end of the year. There will then be a four month commissioning period after which services will start moving into the building. By the summer of 2023 we will be caring for patients in the first of our brand new facilities.

Over the coming months the hoarding around the Stage 1 Building will be replaced with security fencing which will allow us to start work on the pavement area in front of the building. This will give everyone the first real chance to see the building from the ground up, something we are all looking forward to.

Within the next eight weeks construction in certain areas of Stage 1 will complete. These areas will be closed off so they can’t be damaged by works carried out in neighbouring rooms or departments. This is a process that will continue section by section, floor by floor, throughout the year until the whole building is ready for commissioning. There will be plenty of pictures and videos to share as the completion progresses.


The helideck has been built on top of the Thomas Kemp Tower in the middle of the hospital site. It will allow the most severely injured and unwell patients to be brought directly to the hospital by air ambulance. Currently it has to land in East Brighton Park and patients are transferred by road ambulance to the hospital.

The structure of the helideck is complete and has been signed off by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Key work is still being carried out on the outside of the Thomas Kemp Tower.

At the same time as this work is happening the deck itself and the support facilities underneath it will be commissioned. Once both these pieces of work are complete the CAA will be asked to approve it for operational use. This process will include a number of trial landings on the deck.

We expect to see the helideck come into use later in 2022.

Key benefits of the redevelopment

  • Improved hospital experience for hundreds of thousands of patients and visitors every year.
  • New, state of the art, facilities for more than 40 wards and departments.
  • 200 inpatient beds moved from 19th century buildings into brand new accommodation.
  • 65% of the beds in the new buildings in single, en-suite rooms. The rest will be in single sex, four bedded bays.
  • Increased capacity for the departments with highest demand, including Cancer Services, Neurosciences, Stroke Services and Intensive Care.
  • Up-to-date facilities for the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre.
  • A new helideck for air ambulances to land on the hospital site, rather than in East Brighton Park.
  • Dedicated patient and visitor parking directly beneath the new buildings.
  • Easier for everyone to get around the hospital site from the spacious new entrance hall.
How to get involved

Contact us

The easiest way to keep up to date with the redevelopment is to follow our Trust on social media.

Twitter: @UHSussex

You can also contact us directly. If you would like, we can send you updates about the project as it progresses.


Call: 01273 523375

Hospital Liaison Group (HLG)

The Hospital Liaison Group meets every two months to discuss matters relating to the redevelopment. It is open to anyone who lives within a quarter of a mile (400 metres) of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site. That is roughly from Freshfield Road in the west to Whitehawk Road in the east and from the seafront to the northern boundary of the Bristol Estate. If you live in or around this area you are welcome to attend. If you live outside the area but would like to attend the meetings please get in contact and we’d be happy to discuss attendance with you.

All meetings are held at the Audrey Emerton Building on Eastern Road. It is next to the Eye Hospital and opposite the main hospital site. Refreshments are available from 6.45pm.

  • Dates for 2022 meetings will be added shortly