Two hospitals inspired by Yorkshire Dales, says architect

BDP has unveiled its first concept designs for the £600m redevelopment of two hospitals in Leeds.

New images show a complex of buildings which the practice said has been inspired by the contours of the Yorkshire Dales.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of six to be awarded a share of £2.7bn of funding as part of the first wave of the government’s health infrastructure plan (HIP).

The scheme will include the construction of one hospital for adults and one for children, and the partial demolition of Leeds General Infirmary.

BDP, which landed the £9.5m design contract last month, said the hospitals would prioritise patient wellbeing with the creation of calming and welcoming outdoor spaces filled with daylight, greenery and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

CGI - Exterior both entrances and landscape

The scheme will include two hospitals, one for adults and one for children

The children’s hospital will include elements suggested by children and young patients in a design competition held last year, including play areas.

It is set to bring all clinical services for children and young people under one roof for the first time, including cancer treatment, neurology, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation and congenital heart surgery.  

The facility will also include a new maternity centre incorporating a midwifery-led unit and all inpatient maternity services and neonatal services on one site.

The adults’ hospital will enhance existing clinical services and add a 24-bed extension to the critical care unit and a new diagnostic imaging department.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Julian Hartley said the project was the most important hospital development in Leeds for more than 150 years, since the construction of the infirmary in 1868.

“These inspirational designs will see not only the creation of world-class medical and research facilities, but also the creation of a landmark public building, of real architectural quality, of which Leeds can truly be proud.”

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director Henri Murison added the scheme was an investment in people and skills as well as infrastructure.

The hospitals would unlock the Leeds Innovation District and help bring jobs, investment and prosperity in health innovation to the region, he said.

The designs were revealed at an event on the site of the infirmary attended by the eight-year-old daughter of BDP architect Vicky Casey, who is working on the scheme.

Casey’s daughter underwent heart surgery at the hospital in 2015, which the architect said inspired her support for including green, family supportive spaces in the designs.

BDP pipped shortlist rivals CF Moller, HOK, NBBJ and a Penoyre & Prasad and Schmidt Hammer Lassen team to win the design job.

WSP has been appointed on a £3.5m deal as civil and structural designer with Arup landing a £450,000 role as client civil and structural technical advisor. WSP also picked up the £5m M&E designer role and will be providing specialist net zero and digital design advice. And Mott MacDonald secured a £650,000 role as the client M&E technical advisor, with Arcadis named as cost managers on the project and MJ Medical being brought in as medical equipment advisors.