Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted an Outline Planning Application to Leeds City Council for two state-of-the-art new hospitals on the site of Leeds General Infirmary.
The first will be for world-class adult services, with facilities for day-case procedures and added critical care, while the second will be a brand-new Leeds Children’s Hospital, bringing health services for children and young people together in building dedicated solely to their needs.
The development – around 92,000 square metres – is part of an ambitious vision for Leeds General Infirmary called, Hospitals of the Future.
The new hospitals will be designed to support advanced treatment and care based on the latest technologies, research and innovation. For patients, this will mean more efficient, individual healthcare in modern, comfortable surroundings.
The landmark development will see Leeds General Infirmary become the cornerstone of Leeds’ new Innovation District and strengthen the links between the hospital, the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council.
Plans for the area around the new hospital include hubs for research, innovation and technologies, office accommodation, retail, residential developments, green spaces and landscaped pedestrian walkways.
To make way for the new hospitals, the Trust will demolish the Old Nurses’ Home at the LGI, an empty building that is no longer fit for modern healthcare. Other parts of the old estate at the LGI could be offered for redevelopment as part of the longer-term ambition for the Innovation District.
The Trust will work with Leeds City Council and other stakeholders including Historic England, the Civic Trust and community groups to ensure iconic landmarks – like the Grade I listed Gilbert Scott Building – are sympathetically developed to preserve them for future generations.
One of the first buildings to be vacated on the LGI site is the Old Medical School, which currently houses the Trust’s Pathology facility. The Trust has secured approval from the Department of Health to proceed with the delivery of a £27 million Pathology facility to be built at the St James’s University Hospital site. It is expected that an Outline Planning Application for this build will be submitted later in Spring.
This is the first stage of the Hospitals of the Future development and the Trust’s plans to release old estate on the LGI site.
Although there is some way to go to secure approvals and funding for the new hospitals’ development, if successful it is expected that the new hospitals would take approximately three years to construct.