Barts Health NHS Trust one of six to receive £2.7bn of government funding

Architecture practice Ryder has been chosen to lead the design of the new Whipps Cross Hospital in north east London.

Papers prepared for the board meeting of client Barts Health NHS Trust, have revealed that the Newcastle upon Tyne-based practice has been chosen to lead the design of the project. 

Whipps Cross

The existing Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone

The papers, which are for a meeting being held this week, said: ”An architect-led design team has been assembled with Ryder, a company with a strong track record on hospital design, appointed to support this.”

The plans for the new hospital are being refined after the Department of Health endorsed the strategic outline business case for redevelopment earlier this year.

Submission of the full business case is expected in 2022 with construction potentially starting later that year.

In September Aecom won the deal to project manage the job, meaning it will help further develop the scheme’s outline business case, through planning and construction to handover.

Barts Health NHS trust was one of six to receive a share in £2.7bn of funding from the government last year as part of its Health Infrastructure Plan.

The competitive tender process for the construction contract is expected to start in early 2021.

The notice also revealed details of the wider programme, saying the trust would prefer the new hospital be built in a single phase on a site previously used for nurses’ accommodation.