Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care

Completed whilst working at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Matt Vaudin was the Partner in Charge for the delivery of this building. In 2016 Stonewood Design continue their involvement with the Royal United Hospital, in a reviewing role for the proposed Cancer Care and Therapies Buildings.

The Neonatal Unit, funded as a 50/50 partnership by NHS budgets and fundraising by the hospital’s Forever Friends, has resulted in a dramatically different and improved environment in which the RUH can care for the 500 premature and sick babies that it looks after each year.

A holistic and therapeutic approach towards the new building has created a new low carbon unit allowing the staff to practise developmental care. The design process has involved extensive consultation with staff and parents’ groups each with their own particular needs.

The centre is constructed from large cross laminated timber panels. This is a quick, clean, quiet and panellised form of construction, appropriate to an acute healthcare environment. This provided an opportunity to consider a sustainable material with a low embodied energy. Exposing the timber internally creates a sense of calm, which, when combined with the excellent quality of daylight and sunlight, helps lower stress levels and lift the spirits for the parents and the staff.


RIBA Award 2012
RICS Regional Award 2012 – Design and Innovation

“Matt’s attention to detail, and determination to give us a sustainable building, that would be a practical and yet beautiful space in which to deliver care, succeeded due to his involvement with the whole team and families who have been users of this service.

Matt’s approach to the project has been to involve people throughout and to take them with him at each step of the way. To have his fresh approach to this project has given us a Neonatal Unit that has allowed us to move away from the normal clinical looking building to one that will lead the future way in healthcare building.

Matt is a really brilliant man, quietly competent, and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him for designing buildings where the client is listened to and respected.”

Debbie Grant
Lead Sister
Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care RUH Bath

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015