Design teams sought for two new hospitals in Leeds

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust issues tenders for new adult and children's hospitals as part of government capital investment

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is pushing ahead with plans for two new hospitals in the city

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has issued tender notices seeking architects and design teams to work on a world-leading development of two new hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary.

The trust has the funding and planning approvals in place to design and build a state-of-the-art hospital for adult healthcare and a purpose-built new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Known as the Hospitals of the Future project, this five-year development will bring more than 94,000sq m of new healthcare space to the heart of the city.

We need architectural partners that can rise to the challenge of this exciting, complex design brief and work with us to deliver world-class hospitals that will transform the future of healthcare for patients

The scheme is one of six projects to receive funding in the first wave of the UK Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP); the biggest capital expenditure for the healthcare sector in a generation.

The two hospitals must deliver innovative healthcare in an environment that is uplifting and comforting for patients and an inspiring place to work.

And the trust aims to set the standard for healthcare design in the UK.

Its ambitions include making the new hospitals the most digitally advanced and smart in the UK; leading on sustainability and carbon reduction; promoting best practice through Designing for Manufacture and Assembly and Modern Methods of Construction; and becoming the first UK acute trust in the HIP programme to be accredited to the WELL Building Standard.

When the project is completed, the trust has the potential to release five hectares of wider estate for development to support the vision for an Innovation District in Leeds.

A strategic partnership between the trust, the Leeds universities, and Leeds City Council; this will create a world-class hub focused on healthcare talent, industry partnerships, research and training.

Hospitals of the Future is an exceptional project which will not only deliver state-of-the-art hospital facilities for our patients and staff, but it also has the potential to make a significant impact on the future economic growth and development of Leeds city and the region

And it will have the potential to deliver £3.3billion Gross Value Added benefits and an additional 3,500 jobs for Leeds and the wider region.

Julian Hartley, trust chief executive, said: “This will be a flagship hospital project, not just for Leeds, but also for the UK.

“We need architectural partners that can rise to the challenge of this exciting, complex design brief and work with us to deliver world-class hospitals that will transform the future of healthcare for patients from Leeds, the wider region and beyond for years to come.”

Trust chairman, Dame Linda Pollard, added: “Hospitals of the Future is an exceptional project which will not only deliver state-of-the-art hospital facilities for our patients and staff, but it also has the potential to make a significant impact on the future economic growth and development of Leeds city and the region.

“This new-build, and the five hectares of wider estate released for development, will make a major contribution to the vision for an Innovation District in Leeds.”

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