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News archive - July 2014

New-look Edinburgh hospital is unveiled

New-look Edinburgh hospital is unveiled

The use of light and colour is central to the design of the new Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, architects have revealed.

Computer-generated images of how the development will look have been released by HLM Architects.

The use of light and colour is evident throughout the design, along with the impressive entrances to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children from Old Dalkeith Road, and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, opposite the entrance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The new six-floor development - including a basement - will have a large atrium with a shop and café, a stunning skylight linking both entrances, a high percentage of single en-suite rooms with good natural light, a helipad on the roof, and a link building joining adult and paediatric emergency departments.

Janice Mackenzie, clinical Director for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at NHS Lothian, said: “Seeing these new designs really brings home just how the new building will look once it’s completed.

“Lots of hard work has gone into getting the project to this stage and we have taken account of the opinion of patients, staff and visitors on how they want the building to look and feel.”

John Ballantyne, bid director at Integrated Health Solutions Lothian, the consortium chosen to develop the scheme, added: “This new development will bring together the children’s hospital, department of clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent mental health services all on one site. We look forward to working with NHS Lothian to deliver one of Scotland’s major healthcare facilities.”

And Scottish Health Secretary, Alex Neil, told hdm: “These are fantastic pictures which show how the new hospital will look, and show that the new building will enable children from Lothian and the surrounding areas to be treated in the best possible surroundings.

“This project is part of a £750m health revenue finance pipeline delivering a range of improvements to hospital and community health facilities right across Scotland.”

NHS Lothian, working alongside Integrated Health Solutions Lothian, is now progressing with planning consent and full business case approval from the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government respectively.

If approved, construction work would start in autumn 2014, with the hospital opening in the summer of 2017.

The new facility will be constructed on the site of car park B at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. It will be delivered by Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe, with Bouygues E&S FM UK as FM provider.

The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model.

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