LIVERPOOL, UK – Planning approval for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital has been granted by Liverpool City Council.
The new hospital, designed by NBBJ/HKS as part of the Carillion consortium for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, will be the largest one-hundred-percent single-bedroom hospital in the country.
Work on site is due to start shortly after the project reaches financial close, which is expected in January 2014, with completion scheduled for 2017.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “It is now all systems go for the new hospital, which is fantastic news for the city. This world class facility will bring massive health, education and economic benefits. We will continue to support the Trust to deliver its ambitious proposals and make sure we maximise its impact, both during construction and when it opens.”
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Trust said: “We are delighted that Liverpool City Council have approved Carillion's planning application and would like to thank councillors, MPs and the people of Liverpool for their support.
“With the new Royal we are creating a new kind of hospital designed to meet the needs of the people of Liverpool and Merseyside and dealing with the health challenges we face.
“It will provide both the most advanced treatment and the highest standards of comfort, privacy and dignity for patients. The new Royal will set the standard for what a 21st Century NHS should be like.
“The BioCampus that will be built on the current hospital site, will make Liverpool a city that develops and attracts global talent. It will generate 5,000 high value jobs, many of which will be provided by the city's University Technical College and will help the city develop a thriving knowledge economy.
“It will be a centre for leading international clinicians, pioneering researchers and cutting-edge Life Science businesses. This development will change the fortunes of the city, improving the health and wealth of Liverpool.”
Austin Bell, project director, Carillion, said: “The new Royal will be one of the biggest construction projects in the city. It will provide 750 full time construction jobs, 60% of these will be for local people and 15% from priority wards in the city.
“There will be 100 apprenticeships, along with opportunities for homeless people and 16 to 24 year olds who are experiencing barriers to learning and employment. In addition, 60% of the construction spend of the project will go to the local area, supporting local businesses.
“This project will change people's lives creating new opportunities for jobs and training that otherwise wouldn't be here in Liverpool. We are looking forward to getting started on the construction works and bringing this fantastic project to life.”
David Lewis, principal at lead architect NBBJ said: “The new Royal has been designed with patient and staff experience in mind at all times, in order to achieve clinical excellence and a positive healing and working environment. The design has a strong civic presence and will act as a landmark and gateway to the city of Liverpool.”