Ambitious plans unveiled for two Birmingham hospitals

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The Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has revealed plans to build two new Birmingham hospitals

Along with its partners, BDP will provide architectural and technical engineering solutions to Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for the modernisation of healthcare facilities.

Under the contract, a team of planners, designers, engineers and cost consultants from BDP, Arup, Archus and WT Partnership will lead the redesign of Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital.

The new designs are set to help Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to continue improving the life chances of a generation whilst raising standards for patients and families in the region.

The team will also engineer and design a new clinical building at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Steelhouse Lane – adjacent to Waterfall House – a children’s healthcare building designed by BDP and completed in 2018.

The design approach for both buildings will aim to meet the standards set by the Government’s ambitions to deliver a ‘net zero NHS’ by 2050.

They will also enable healthcare workers to deliver world-class outcomes for paediatric and maternity services at every level across the UK.

‘Big Build will unlock huge potential’

Andrew Smith, head of Healthcare at BDP, said: “The collaboration between Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, BDP and our partners will result in two world-leading healthcare facilities that will bring further international acclaim to a city which is already leading the way in innovative healthcare buildings.

“Now more than ever, we understand the importance of buildings that create a thriving culture of research and innovation, offer the best patient experiences and deliver impact across and beyond the NHS.

“We look forward to working with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust to deliver both of these amazing facilities.”

David Melbourne, the acting chief executive of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These buildings are well past their natural life and are not suitable to providing the spaces and facilities we need for modern care.

“Our Big Build proposal will provide value for money and unlock huge potential for the development of our existing and new services; opening the door to a new wave of research and innovation tapping into the many world-class individuals we are lucky to call colleagues.”

Conor Ellis of Archus, commented: “We are delighted to be chosen as part of the team to help improve Women’s and Children’s healthcare across the West Midlands conurbation.

“Building in innovative global best practice into the design, encompassing not only service transformation but ensuring its digital and green footprints work to make both hospitals class-leading.”

Dominic Cropper, director at Arup, added: “Arup is thrilled to be collaborating with BDP, Archus and WT Partnership on this exciting project that reflects the world-class service that the Trust provides to Birmingham and the wider UK.

“For many of us, the hospital has been at the heart of our families for generations and this is an important project for us.

“As well as helping to assure that the same leading-edge standards of healthcare are available for future generations, it also strengthens our reputation in Birmingham prior to our office move to the city centre in 2023.”

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