Approved, in principle, by the city’s councillors has been plans for a new £450 million hospital complex in Leeds city centre. The radical revamp of the Leeds General Infirmary site will include new children’s and adults’ hospitals and a multi-storey car park for 650 spaces.
Leeds planning chiefs have described the blueprints for the hospitals “transformational”, “beautiful” and “phenomenal”. The state-of-the-art new complex will span around 990,000 sqft of healthcare space over 15 storeys. As well as a new maternity unit, expected to have increased capacity for operations and critical care are the hospitals.
New Innovation District for Leeds
This major project is one of the largest hospital investments in the region and will care for patients across Leeds, Yorkshire, and the north of the country.
The proposals are part of the wider new Innovation District for Leeds city centre. These revamp plans will boost links between Leeds hospitals, universities and the council; thereby strengthening the city’s position at the forefront of research, health innovation and learning in the UK.
Council leader councillor Judith Blake said, “With the aim of developing new ideas and pioneering technology being at the heart of the proposals, this plan has a key role to play in our Innovation District which has already generated more than £140 million of investment.”
With a sweeping, modern facade, the spacious interior of the hospitals will be light and airy. Therefore creating a more relaxed atmosphere for patients and visitors. The hospitals are currently due to be open at the end of 2025.
Two New Leeds Hospitals for Both Adults and Children
Approved in a meeting with the City Plans Panel on 21st November was the application for the hospitals. A report prepared for the meeting said; “It is considered that the proposal would allow creation of clinic accommodation; that will enable the LGI to consolidate and centralise inpatient and outpatient services for both adults and children; in dedicated hospital facilities, improving flexible care tailored to the needs of patients.
“In addition the development will assist the NHS Trust to ensure made available to all patients are the most advanced technologies, equipment and treatments.
New Hospitals to Further Add to the Leeds Innovation District
“The development will also free up important, currently underused, listed and non-listed buildings. Allowing them to be re-purposed at a future date where they can once more reach their own full potential.
“As such the hospital development, the decommissioning and re-purposing of parts of the campus would not only assist the functioning and vitality of the LGI; but would also add to the vibrancy and economy of the Leeds Innovation District; the city centre and the wider city of Leeds.”