Cambridge City Council has granted planning permission for the early designs of the new Cambridge Children’s Hospital in the UK.

The new hospital already has outline planning permission to be constructed on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital on Robinson’s Way.

It will provide healthcare services for children and young people from whole region across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Cambridgeshire.

The children’s hospital is estimated to have a total footprint of approximately 35,000m2, along with 5,000m2 of research space.

It will include as many outdoors spaces as possible such as courtyards, gardens, along with terraces for providing access to nature and spaces for play and relaxation.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital design and construction senior programme manager Andrew Tollick said: “There is still a long way to go before building work can begin but planning approval for the early external designs is a rock-solid foundation.

”We are determined to realise our vision for ‘a whole new way’: one that integrates children’s mental and physical health services alongside world-class research to provide holistic, personalised care in a state-of-the-art facility.”

The design team for Cambridge Children’s Hospital includes Hawkins\Brown, Turner & Townsend, Ramboll, White Arkitekter, and MJ Medical, along with support from planning consultant Bidwells.

Turner & Townsend director Clinton Green said: “The new hospital is a trailblazer in how integrated children’s mental and physical care is delivered.

“Its landmark design for a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, with its focus on sustainability and wellbeing, will set a new standard of paediatric care as an example for other hospitals across the UK and beyond to follow.”