Time lapse video shows new hospital taking shape in Edinburgh

Published: 22-Jul-2015

Work continues on £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences

NHS Lothian today released the first in a series of time lapse videos showing construction of a major new hospital in Edinburgh.

Work on the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences started at the end of February this year.

The new video, which shows a birds-eye view of the site, condenses the first four months of building works into a three-minute montage.

The time lapse images show the site being transformed by contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, as the seasons change from winter to spring and into summer. /

Piling rigs, cranes, and HGVs are seen moving around the site as ground works begin. Gradually the basement of the six-storey building and the cores that will form part of the main concrete 'superstructure' become more visible as the video progresses.

Jim Crombie, chief officer at NHS Lothian, said: "It's great to see things progressing well on site. This video shows just how much has been achieved over the first few months of construction and we look forward with anticipation to seeing that continue.

"We are now starting to see the main structures appearing above the ground and we await another project milestone over the next month or so, with the installation of the four tower cranes on site.

"The new hospital building will bring many benefits for our patients, their families and our staff, not least a modern facility designed to meet their needs.”

Alasdair Fernie, project director at Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe, added: "The project has had a great start with the piling being completed on schedule. The superstructure will now be the main site activity up to the end of 2015, along with the facade works and early internal fitout.”

The new building, which will adjoin the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at child and adult emergency departments, will open to the public in late autumn 2017.

The development will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service co-located into a modern and high-quality facility.

The facility will have 233 beds and 10 modern operating theatres. A further 11 beds will also be added to the critical care department within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as part of the project.

Click here to view the time lapse video.

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