South Tyneside and the Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust plan to replace the existing 75 year old center with a new eye clinic on the Riverside site.
Last month, plans were submitted for the new four-story hospital, designed by North East Architects Ryder with Turner & Townsend as project manager on board.
Funding for the development has been provided by the local authority and is repaid by the Trust, and the plans have been fully supported by the area’s NHS.
The 120,000 m² eye clinic will stand next to The Beam; City Hall, which is nearing completion, and two other commercial properties being developed for the location as part of Legal & General’s £ 100 million commitment.
An energy center with transformers, emergency power generator, medical gas storage, pump room and cold water storage is being built to the west of the hospital.
If the planning is approved, construction of the new hospital is expected to begin in the spring of next year, with the building scheduled to open in 2024.
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