Traffic controls at Southmead Hospital to support improvement works

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Visitors to Southmead Hospital will see further changes to the site as improvement works enter the final phase.

Works are due to start on the existing roads Southmead Hospital site to improve roads and access as part of the ongoing redevelopment.

Patients and visitors to the hospital should be aware that works to the existing roads, which are due to start tomorrow (October 30), could lead to some congestion around the site.

Traffic lights will be set up to control the flow of vehicles around the hospital to make way for work to build a new roundabout on Beaufort Way, which will become part of the new access from Southmead Road once works are complete.

The changes to the road layout are part of the second phase of the redevelopment project, which includes the planned extension of the Brunel building.

The concrete frame of the multi-storey car park behind the new hospital has now been completed. The new patient and visitor parking facilities will enable people to walk directly into the Brunel building from the car park.

The extension will also house decontamination facilities, offices and seminar rooms, a cycle centre and community arts room.

Redevelopment of the Southmead Hospital site will also see three additional bus stops at the front of the hospital and more green space along with additional cycle spaces and staff parking.

To make way for construction work, old hospital buildings on the site had to be demolished and much of the stone from this demolition has been incorporated into the Brunel extension, which is expected to open in mid-2016.

As well as traffic control on Beaufort Way, there will be changes to the routes between the Brunel building and the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and Bristol Breast Care Centre in the refurbished Beaufort House once works start on the roundabout.

North Bristol NHS Trust Project Manager, Martin Warren, said: “The works to change the road layout at Southmead Hospital over the coming months are likely to cause disruption to people driving on to the site and we ask patients, visitors and staff to bear with us during this time.

“We know that demolition and construction work during the past year has not been ideal for patients and visitors, but we thank you for your patience.

“We are working with Carillion to get the new car park open as soon as possible. The new facilities will make a difference to people visiting the hospital, so we just ask you to bear with us a little longer.”

There is more information about what is happening with the next phase of the Southmead Hospital development here.