Thanks to all our supporters The Forever Friends Appeal completed its fundraising for the new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care. This building the first of its kind in the UK would not have been possible without the help and support of everyone who has donated.

Even though the fundraising for the new Centre is complete, we are still raising funds for additional equipment for NICU.

The Project

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care external ImageOn the 7th July 2007 The Forever Friends Appeal launched its largest ever campaign to raise £3.1m to build a new environmentally sustainable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RUH.

Titled the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign, it was launched with the help of 100 families who had experience of the existing NICU unit. The occasion was marked with the unveiling of the new NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign signage above the entrance of the Princess Anne Wing and the release of 500 ‘green’ balloons to symbolise the sustainable part of the build planned to improve facilities for the 500 babies who depend on the care and treatment of the unit each year.

Following the launch, the project scope increased with developmental care at the very heart of the project and took the design and build to another level. We adopted a holistic approach to building a pioneering, sustainable NICU that would create a low carbon building, optimise space and bring about a highly beneficial healing and supportive environment for its babies and their families, fit for 21st century care.

The building and the project continued to develop when the award winning Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were commissioned as the architect. With a wealth of experience in sustainable buildings they were able to transform the vision, and original ideas and push the boundaries of the NHS to its limit.

With the architects bringing new ideas, the building started to take form on paper at least. The unit was to be a timber construction and contain 21 cots, each with its own micro-environment in which heating, lighting, noise levels and support equipment can be tailored to individual needs.

The first unit of its kind in the UK

With the plans well underway it became apparent that a unit of this kind would cost more than originally thought, and the RUH committed to an additional £3m on top of the fundraising target to ensure that the unit could incorporate all the environmentally sustainable aspects and lead the way in NHS buildings of the future.

In 2010 the building work commenced with Vinci Construction in charge of producing this wonderful vision and turning it into a reality, and Provelio as project managers. See how the work has progressed below….

This wonderful building would not have been possible without the support of the public, major donors and Charitable Trusts and Foundations. Thank you