The UK secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley has unveiled designs for a new Alder Hey Hospital to be constructed in Liverpool.
The facility will be constructed next door to the existing site, which is one of Europe's biggest and busiest children's hospitals.
Healthcare at this hospital, however, is currently being provided in buildings which are almost 100 years old and not fit for providing modern day services, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement.
Alder Hey chief executive Louise Shepherd explained, "We are extremely proud of the care that takes place every day in our hospital. However, it is credit to our staff that they continue to provide quality healthcare in a building that is old and overcrowded with limited room for expansion."
"We felt it was really important to design this hospital with the help of our children who have been involved throughout the development phase. They have helped our bidder to get the design right for children and young people. The new hospital will be fantastic for our patients, families and staff and enable us to achieve our ambition as an internationally renowned children's hospital."
The new hospital will have a floor area of 60,000m² and 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds for patients in ICU, HDU and Burns.
There will be six standard wards with 32 beds and each ward will have two four bed bays and 24 single rooms.
There will also be 16 operating theatres, four for day-case surgery and 12 inpatient theatres at the facility.
During a ceremony last week, which saw the designs unveiled, Acorn consortium (comprising John Laing, Laing O'Rourke and Interserve) was formally announced as the preferred bidder for the new hospital project.
The announcement follows approval of the project by the Department of Health and HM Treasury.
The total programme, including construction of the new and demolishing of the old Alder Hey, will cost £237m.
Image: Designs for the new Alder Hey Hospital were inspired by children. Photo: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.