The new hospital at Southmead – one year on

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

It is now one year since construction work started on North Bristol NHS Trust’s new hospital at Southmead and the building is fast taking shape.

External work on the structure is nearing completion with the external façade cladding now being fitted, giving a glimpse of what the final building will look like.

Since the main contractor Carillion demolished the former hospital buildings, over the past year they have erected the steel framework structure for the ward blocks.

The first phase of construction has also seen almost half of the reinforced concrete structure for theatres and clinical areas completed.

Ensuite shower and toilet rooms are now beginning to be installed.

The new multi-storey Beaufort Way car park also opened at Southmead in January this year.

The new £430m hospital will be open to patients in Spring 2014. Some of the main benefits of the new hospital include:

Much greater privacy and dignity for patients with 75 percent of beds in single rooms with en-suite bathrooms or the choice of a bed in a single-sex, four-bed ward

Plenty of parking with 2,700 spaces in addition to improved transport links 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 and expertise under one roof.

The new hospital will be one of the most environmentally friendly of its size in the country.

During construction 90% of waste by volume will be reused or recycled after processing and 90% of demolition waste has already been re-used.

Ruth Brunt, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “The Southmead site has changed almost beyond recognition in the past year and we can now see just how the new hospital will look.

“The hard work of the project team has meant that we have been able to continue to provide healthcare with the old and the new buildings standing side by side.

“It is exciting to see the building developing so quickly and many of the features of the artist’s impressions are taking shape.

“The next year will bring even more developments as work progresses on the internal features of the hospital to deliver a modern, first class healthcare service for the people of Bristol and the region.”

Keith Hutton, Project Director for Carillion Building, said: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in the construction of the new hospital at Southmead.

“We have a long way to go yet but the first year has seen great strides in a development that everyone in Bristol can be proud of.”