Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) in the UK has announced the start of construction on the new Royal University Hospital’s podium entrance and drop off facility.

The podium provides airport style drop off and pick up points. It will also deliver vehicular and pedestrian access to short stay drop off points.

The north side main entrances feature disabled parking.

Work has already started on the foundations ready for the steel framed concrete structure installation in early spring. The build is slated for completion this year.

Laing O’Rourke official Andy Thomson said: “We are pleased to have commenced works on the new podium, which is the final significant element of the overall build programme for the new hospital.

“Our construction team are immensely proud to be delivering the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and have managed to maintain good progress throughout the challenges of the pandemic. We look forward to handing the hospital over to the Trust to facilitate it’s opening to patients later this year.”

In November last year, planning was granted and the new podium improves access to the Royal University Hospital for patients.

LUHFT interim chief executive David Dalton said: “This is an important stage in the construction of the new hospital as it is the final piece of the jigsaw that provides easy access to the building for patients.

“Our clinical and operational teams are working on their move plans and a  programme of familiarisation and staff training will take place following practical completion.”

By the end of this decade, the government aims to deliver 48 hospitals and the hospital is part of this commitment.