Horfield Primary School visits the new Southmead Hospital construction site for creative inspiration

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Pupils from Horfield Primary School have visited Southmead Hospital and were given exclusive access to a walkway around the construction site.

The 60 pupils in year four spent an hour sketching the cranes, diggers, bulldozers and builders working to construct the £430million new hospital, which opens in 2014.

They then did some creative writing using the sounds and sights of the construction site for inspiration.

It is hoped the visit will be the first of many visits by schools to learn more about the building of the new hospital, careers in construction and highlighting the dangers of building sites.

Steve Cook, community liaison officer for Carillion, who are developers for the new hospital, said: “It was a pleasure to see the children’s creativity and enthusiasm for the construction.

“We hope that we can involve many other schools in the new Southmead Hospital project, which is at the heart of local communities now and in the future.”

Some of the main benefits of the new hospital include:

  • Much greater privacy and dignity for patients with 75% of beds in single rooms with en-suites or the choice of a bed in a single sex, four-bed ward
  • Plenty of parking for visitors, patients and staff with 2,700 spaces in addition to improved transport inks that include bus stops at the main entrance
  • The hospital will be easy to navigate with one main entrance
  • Bright, fresh and airy buildings will offer staff, patients and visitors a view of the outside world wherever they are in the hospital
  • All medical services under one roof