Hybrid Theatres, Manchester Royal Infirmary


The 620m2 new hybrid endovascular theatre suite is set to transform the treatment of patients undergoing cardiovascular (heart and circulatory system) operations by enabling new innovative techniques and treatments to be carried out that are not currently possible. Only a few such facilities exist world-wide that offer the same capabilities.

The suite consists of two hybrid theatres equipped with advanced technology, including a robotic C-arm with the ability to scan patients during surgery, allowing surgeons to perform delicate, minimally invasive procedures with high definition imaging. The improved imaging technology minimises the use of contrast dye needed to illuminate an area during surgery, increasing patient safety and efficiency.

The design and installation of a suite of this complexity demanded extreme due-diligence from the design team. AFL led a sophisticated 3D approach using BIM (Building Information Modelling) in order to provide a true 360° analysis of the available space. Surgeons and clinicians who would be using the suite were able to view realistic, interactive images of the project during the design development, which significantly streamlined the process.

The suite was designed using an innovative modular construction technique which meets all fire, radiation and sound insulation requirements, but can be quickly disassembled for rapid access to medical gases and cabling.

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