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Leeds General Infirmary Set For Radical Overhaul
The Leeds General Infirmary site is set to be revamped in the near future, with new children’s and adult’s hospitals created, part of a new £450 million hospital complex in the city centre that has been described as beautiful, phenomenal and transformational.
According to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, the initial planning application set out how parts of the original hospital would be demolished to make way for state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for both adults and children, as well as a multi-storey car park.
Plans were originally sent in to the council by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in March this year, part of the health service’s Hospitals of the Future programme.
Representative of the NHS trust Mike Bacon explained that the project is in the very early stages of both design and development, but the hope is that the new hospital would open at the end of 2025.
“It’s a major city centre development, so it will be for a lot of patient types. We want to address those who are in there for long term conditions, who may want to feel like they are at home. But we still need to get the right environment for clinical and non clinical feels,” he said.
Mr Bacon was responding to criticism from Conservative MP Graham Latty who warned that people want to feel comfortable and safe while in hospital and don’t want to be surrounded by “cavernous space”.
He also expressed concern that the local council is fixated on “green things” from green walls to ferns everywhere, adding that he hopes the hospital will not be transformed into Kew Gardens.
In response, Mr Bacon cited research carried out at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where it was found that patients are keen to be in hospitals that don’t feel like hospitals.
Taking Leeds as a whole, it seems that the city landscape is set to change in the near future, with a growing number of investors now looking at this part of West Yorkshire for their next redevelopment projects.
Writing for London Love Business, experts from Aspen Woolf recently revealed that Leeds is predicted to nearly double in size, thanks to the South Bank Leeds development, which will change the face of the city – which is now undergoing the “biggest development for more than a century”.
The South Bank area stretches 253 acres around the River Aire, designed to provide learning, living, leisure, creativity and investment opportunities for those living in the city and beyond.
In all, over 8,000 new properties are expected to be constructed, which will create 35,000 new jobs in the process.
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