Pathology Centre of Excellence

ClientGateshead Health NHS Trust

LocationNewcastle upon Tyne

Project TypeHealthcare

CompletionMarch 2014



The centre amalgamates specialist pathology services from City Hospitals, Sunderland Foundation Trust, South Tyneside Foundation Trust and Gateshead Health NHS Trust.

The project involved transforming a disused existing 1970s laundry building and providing an additional two storey extension.

The central pathology facility comprises a series of laboratories accommodating specialist staff and the equipment needed to undertake clinical diagnostic tests of human tissue samples delivered from the South of Tyne acute hospitals and GP surgeries.

The laboratories are supported by a sample reception, specialist clean room laboratories, reporting and write up areas, staff entrance, staff changing, central stores and ancillary support accommodation.

“The architectural and design team understood our complex requirements and worked closely with the stakeholders to create a first class regional pathology facility.

“The modular approach Ryder took to the laboratory design has allowed the facility to be scaled to suit individual equipment requirements and will allow the laboratories to be more readily adapted as science and technologies continue to develop.”

Chris Charlton, Service Manager, Pathology Centre of Excellence