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 of 06 May 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. The public space outside the building, that will lead to the hospital’s new main entrance, is being built. Inside the main entrance is a Welcome Space that runs along the front of the building. It will house the main reception for the hospital and offer ample waiting space, a good-sized shop and improved access to the other parts of the hospital. Patients and visitors using the new underground car park will also enter the hospital through the Welcome Space.

We’ve started taking members of the teams moving into the new building round it for tours. They’ve seen the designs before, and even had a look round using virtual reality. For most of them though this is their first time seeing where they will work in person. There has been a real sense of excitement about what Stage 1 has to offer patients and the staff who care for them.

Stage 1 has 13 floors in total, 11 above ground and 2 in the basement. The internal fit out of the building is taking place across all these floors. In some areas it is almost complete. When an area is complete it is closed off to protect it as the rest of the fit out continues. Between now and the end of the year all the interiors of the building will be finished and closed off, ready for the building to be handed over to the hospital.

When the building is handed over it will be commissioned. This involves testing all the facilities, from light switches to MRIs, and bringing the furniture in. Commissioning will be complete in the spring of 2023 and patients will start to move in straight away.


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 they 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). Important maintenance work needs to be carried out around the top of the Thomas Kemp Tower before the helideck comes into operation. This is being done now and will continue through the summer.

We are commissioning the helideck and the support facilities underneath it. Once this and the important maintenance work are complete, the CAA will be asked to approve the helideck for operational use. This process will include trial landings on the deck.

We expect the helideck to be operational by the end of the year.

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 5.45pm.

Upcoming meetings
  • Monday 4th April 2022 – 6pm
  • Monday 27th June 2022 – 6pm