BDP has unveiled its first concepts for the £ 600 million renovation of two Leeds hospitals.
New images show a building complex that, according to practice, was inspired by the contours of the Yorkshire Dales.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of six to receive £ 2.7 billion in funding under the Government’s First Wave Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP).
The project includes the construction of one hospital for adults and one for children and the partial demolition of the Leeds General Infirmary.
BDP, which signed the $ 9.5 million design deal last month
The Children’s Hospital will incorporate elements proposed by children and young patients in a design competition held last year, including play areas.
For the first time, it is intended to combine all clinical services for children and adolescents under one roof, including cancer treatment, neurology, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation as well as congenital heart surgery.
The facility will also include a new maternity center with a midwifery-led department and all inpatient maternity and neonatal services in one location.
The adult hospital will improve existing clinical services, adding a 24-bed extension and a new diagnostic imaging department to the intensive care unit.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Julian Hartley said the project marks the most important hospital development in Leeds in more than 150 years, since the infirmary was built in 1868.
“These inspiring designs not only create world-class medical and research facilities, but also a groundbreaking public building of true architectural quality that Leeds can really be proud of.”
Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, added that the program is an investment in people and skills as well as infrastructure.
“The hospitals will not just provide world-class health care to the people of the city for the twenty-first Pennines, built on world-class skills.”
The designs were unveiled at an event on the grounds of the infirmary that was attended by the eight-year-old daughter of BDP architect Vicky Casey, who is working on the project.
Casey’s daughter underwent heart surgery in the hospital in 2015, which, according to the architect, inspired her support for the inclusion of green, family-friendly spaces in the designs.
BDP overtook shortlist rivals CF Moller, HOK, NBBJ and a team from Penoyre & Prasad and Schmidt Hammer Lassen to win the design job.
WSP has also been named construction and structural engineer on a £ 3.5m deal, with Arup receiving a £ 450,000 role as the client’s construction and engineering advisor
WSP has also taken on the £ 5m M&E designer role and will provide specialized net zero and digital design advice.
And Mott MacDonald secured a role of £ 650,000 worth of technical M&E advisor to the client, with Arcadis appointed as cost manager for the project and MJ Medical as medical device advisor.