New facilities will specialise in paediatric and women’s health

BDP has signed a contract for a £442m project redesigning two family-centred hospital buildings for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The project will provide upgrades to emergency and theatre departments, increase intensive care capacity and enhance inpatient wards and outpatient clinics. 


Parts of the children’s hospital are more than 120 years old

The architect was appointed via the NHS Shared Business Services framework

BDP will lead the redesign of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, opposite the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, including the introduction of a new building.

The wider design team includes Arup, Archus and WT Partnership. 

The team will also design and engineer a new clinical building at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Steelhouse Lane.

The plan would see the two new blocks built on the same sites by 2025, subject to funding approval. Parts of the children’s hospital are more than 120 years old and the women’s hospital is more than 50 years old.

Birmingham Women's hospital

The women’s hospital programme will include replacement inpatient wards

The enhancements to the children’s hospital will include emergency and theatre departments to replace the existing services, additional paediatric intensive care capacity and new inpatient wards.

The women’s hospital upgrade will allow the trust to replace its inpatient wards, expand services for specific gynaecology theatres and birthing rooms and ensure sufficient capacity within its outpatient clinics.

The design approach for both buildings will aim to meet the standards set by the government’s ambitions to deliver a “net-zero NHS” by 2050.