Architects, BDP, unveil their initial plans for the multi-million pound project
Architects behind the design of two new hospitals in Leeds have unveiled the first images of the developments, which are inspired by the Yorkshire landscape.
BDP has released its latest concept designs for the new adult and children’s hospitals.
A central island garden takes its cues from the nearby fells, dales, and erratics in Yorkshire, and ward-level terraced gardens will provide a connection to the outside world for patients.
The design concept draws on the trust’s aspirations to deliver a welcoming hospital, suffused with light and fresh air, and with green landscapes, play areas, and panoramic views that connect the building to nature and the surrounding city.
The design takes inspiration from the surrounding countryside, including a central island garden and ward-level terraces
The development of the new adults’ hospital, along with a new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital, is set to be one of the most-significant healthcare projects in the UK.
Following a year where our NHS workers have, quite rightly, become the pride of the nation, we have evolved our clinically-led designs into also thinking about the hospital as an exceptional workplace
Andrew Smith, head of healthcare at BDP, said: “By applying our experience in designing the best healthcare facilities around the globe we are delivering a healthy and thoughtful hospital design for Leeds that looks to the future of best practice and innovation.
“Following a year where our NHS workers have, quite rightly, become the pride of the nation, we have evolved our clinically-led designs into also thinking about the hospital as an exceptional workplace.
“That means the design will contribute to a more-efficient, familiar, and pleasant environment for all staff, making it a great place to work.”
Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “The building of our two new hospitals is the most-important development in Leeds city centre for a generation.
“It’s wonderful to see that BDP has listened to the feedback we’ve given and has come up with these concept designs that are thoroughly patient focused, and which place patient and staff wellbeing at the heart of our new hospitals.
The children's hospital will bring all paediatric services under one roof for the first time
“These concept designs give extensive access to daylight and greenery, and not only do they maximise wellness, but they also bring something of the Dales into the city centre.
“These inspirational designs will see not only the creation of world-class medical and research facilities, but also the creation of a landmark public building, of real architectural quality, of which Leeds can truly be proud.”
For the first time in Leeds, the new children’s hospital will bring all clinical services for children and young people under one roof.
And it will expand and meet the demand for highly-specialised services in areas including cancer treatment, neurology, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, and congenital heart surgery.
A new maternity centre will incorporate a dedicated midwifery-led unit and co-locate all inpatient maternity services and neonatal services on one site.
This will give expectant mothers more choice about how they give birth, helping to make sure they are able to stay with their new babies, even if they need extra care.
These concept designs give extensive access to daylight and greenery, and not only do they maximise wellness, but they also bring something of the Dales into the city centre
The new adults’ hospital will support patients with all aspects of their care, from those attending for an outpatient appointment or a daycase surgical procedure, to those needing the most-advanced specialist care and support to recover from critical illness or injury.
And a 24-bed extension to the critical care unit will provide extra capacity for treating patients while a new ambulatory imaging unit will help with diagnostics.
The new diagnostic imaging department is expected to be at the heart of the hospital, with rapid uninterrupted flows from outpatients, as well as maintaining a separate and lower volume of inpatients from cardiac and nuclear physics.
It will support streamlined patient flows and make full use of digital technology to support virtual clinics and self-check-in.
The project is part of the government’s commitment to build 40 hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7billion.