Accelerometers were used in a world first to measure respiratory and sleep patterns in babies. An extremely low power, self-contained wireless device monitored their reaction to the new environment. The studied babies were found to be asleep or in a restful state for longer than in the old building.
Infrared tracking technology followed staff movements and tested the efficiency of the design. The study found that nurses in the new building spent 20% more of their time in the clinical rooms, caring for the babies.
Lux meters showed up to 50% more natural light was measured in the new building, ensuring a more natural circadian rhythm – allowing the babies, parents and staff to perceive the changing day, aiding the babies sleeping and eating habits. Noise levels decreased by over 9dB on average from those in the old building too.
Since opening, the Unit has won multiple global awards. Most notably, it’s been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, International Academy for Health & Design and Better Healthcare Building awards, and has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certificate.