The first image of Southend Hospital's £multi-million redevelopment plan has been released by the masterplanners of the scheme, LSI Architects.
The plans, which include a 900-space decked car park and the extension of three wings, have been granted Outline Planning Permission by members of Southend Council's Development Control Committee at their January meeting.
Hospital chiefs said they were relieved the first hurdle had been cleared - but it is the first of many.
Speaking after the meeting, David Walsh, Director of Facilities at the hospital, said: "This is the first step in what is going to be a long, drawn-out process. The plan is to make sure we have new and better facilities before we remove any existing ones. It is the 75th anniversary of the hospital this year and some of the buildings have been around since then."
John Gilham, the Trust’s Chief Executive, commented: “The plan provides us with a phased approach to improving our facilities which will allow us to re-assess the impact of healthcare changes on our proposals throughout the process, as well as on the facilities we need. This is more important now than ever before in a changing healthcare environment.”
David Andrews, Principal Member of LSI Architects said: “We have been working closely with the hospital to develop a joined-up strategy for the future, with careful consideration of the impact of the proposals to maintain facilities during the future construction phases and minimise any inconvenience to patients and staff. An ongoing process of stakeholder and community consultation has included presentations, open-days and questionnaires.”
The biggest addition to the hospital will be the £53 million five-storey extension to the Cardigan Wing, to accommodate general medical wards and critical care facilities within 15,000sqm of new floor space.
The new extension will enable the upgrading of existing wards to offer patients greater privacy and access to improved facilities, along with improved staff support spaces.
The proposals also include significant extensions of the Prittlewell Wing and the Carlingford Wing.
One of the biggest benefits for patients and visitors will be the planned car park and new internal road, to deal with growing traffic and parking problems.
The Project Team:
Client: Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Architects: LSI Architects
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