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September 27, 2021updated 20 Dec 2021 3:26pm

UK’s NHS Trust finalises architects for two hospitals in Leeds

Upon completion, Leeds Children’s Hospital will provide all clinical services for children and young people under one roof.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has selected new architects in place of BDP for its children and adult hospitals at the Leeds General infirmary site in England, UK.

Initially, BDP was selected as the main architectural design firm for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s £600m Hospitals of the Future project.

Following a period of preferred bidder engagement, the Trust said that it has not been able to progress these discussions and has now selected Perkins & Will team, led by Penoyre & Prasad with Schmidt Hammer Lassen as the preferred bidder to design its new hospitals.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Finance director and senior responsible officer for the Hospitals of the Future Project Simon Worthington said: “We were unable to proceed with one of our tenderers but, in accordance with good procurement practice the right thing to do was to follow due process and this has resulted in the Perkins and Will team being appointed as the Trust’s Preferred Bidder to take forward this design opportunity.”

The latest concept designs will feature daylight, views, and greenery design concept with an objective to improve the links to the natural environment to promote calm and restfulness throughout the hospital environment.

The design also includes a rooftop plaza with gardens boasting local plants and trees that will be inspired by the local landscape.

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Perkins & Will managing principal Mark Rowe said: “Working closely with the Trust, we believe we can deliver an outstanding building that not only supports exemplary clinical care and treatment but that over time can become as cherished a part of the Leeds cityscape as George Gilbert Scott’s exemplary original hospital.”

Once completed, the new Leeds Children’s Hospital will be able to offer all clinical services for children and young people under one roof.

The new facility will also have a new maternity centre, which is claimed to be one of the biggest in the country featuring a dedicated midwifery-led unit and co-locate all inpatient maternity services and neonatal services on one site.

Construction of a new 24-bed extension to the hospital’s critical care unit will help the hospital to treat more patients.

A new ambulatory imaging unit will bring in an advanced diagnostic service, with the new unit at the adults’ hospital.

Creation of a new Adult Critical Care service will help the Trust in meeting the delivery of more complex services across a range of clinical services.

Development of the two healthcare facilities is said to be part of the UK Governments’ commitment to build 40 new hospitals by the end of this decade.

In addition to people living in Leeds, the new hospitals will also benefit those from across the Yorkshire and Humber regions.

The trust noted that the construction of these two healthcare facilities is still in the early concept stage, and it will work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England (NHSE) to ensure that the proposals adopt the newly developed national design standards.

It plans to begin the construction works in 2023, in order to align with the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

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