I was pleased to hear the news that progress is being made locally as part of the Government's commitment to build 40 hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed major interdisciplinary practice, BDP to lead the architectural design of its Hospitals of the Future programme, as part of its long-term vision to transform healthcare facilities for patients and staff in Leeds and the wider region.
BDP was named as the preferred bidder, following an international design competition process, for a new state-of-the-art adults’ hospital and a new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital - providing world-class facilities for children, maternity and ambulatory care at the current Leeds General Infirmary site.
BDP’s first design concepts propose a circular hospital structure that is shaped like the contours of the Yorkshire fells and dales, with a large island garden and play deck at its centre. Outdoor space and play areas were some of the facilities that children and young patients suggested in a design competition, held last year, which have inspired the architects with their latest concept. Any visit to a hospital can be a stressful time for patients and their families, and the proposed communal outdoor spaces will create a safe, calm and comforting area for everyone to enjoy.
The future-proofed plan uses BDP’s knowledge in designing clinical and patient pathflows, using digital design and modern methods of construction including significant integration of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) techniques. This will create an innovative and flexible hospital that meets the demands of modern clinical requirements and future medical developments.
The Hospitals of the Future project is part of the government’s commitment to build 40 hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion.
Health Minister Ed Argar said: “This appointment is an important step forward towards the delivery of a new hospital in Leeds – one of the centrepieces of the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how Leeds Teaching Hospitals make use of trailblazing design techniques and modern methods of construction to shape a facility that meets the precise needs of patients and staff, which aligns with our approach to building new hospitals.
“As we build back better from this global pandemic, we are committed to giving the NHS what it needs to deliver exceptional care and treatment in the future. Our plans for 40 new hospitals across England by 2030 are a cornerstone of that ambition.”