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Plans for early designs for £220m Cambridge Children’s Hospital submitted

Plans for the early designs of the region’s first dedicated children’s hospital have been submitted for Cambridge City Council.

Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117880)
Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117880)

The submission of the formal ‘reserved matters’ planning application builds on the existing outline planning permission which was previously granted for the site.

The move comes after the early designs and floor plans were shared with the council’s planning committee in August.

Andrew Tollick, senior programme manager for design and construction, Cambridge Children’s Hospital, said: “This is a big milestone for Cambridge Children’s Hospital, not only in planning terms, but in sharing our vision for ‘a whole new way’: one that integrates children’s mental and physical health services alongside world-class research to provide holistic, personalised care in a state-of-the-art facility.”

Cambridge Children’s Hospital is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), which runs the county’s mental health services, along with the University of Cambridge.

The total cost is expected to be £220million, with £20million raised from land sales, and it aims to open in 2025, with construction work starting in 2023.

The drawings within the proposals are an early indication of how this innovative hospital might look.

The hospital will cover an estimated total footprint of around 36,000sq m, which includes 5,000sq m of research space. The plans also include details of possible future development for the hospital beyond 2025.

Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117876)
Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117876)

The hospital will care for children and young people from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - but also nationally and internationally as a ‘hospital without walls’. Built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge Children’s Hospital will be a brand new state-of-the-art hospital designed to take care of the whole child, not just their illness by embedding genomic and psychological research alongside clinical expertise in physical and mental child health.

Work continues on developing the outline business case, which has to be approved by the Treasury, and on the fundraising campaign which was announced earlier in 2021.

An international design team, made up of experts from Turner & Townsend, Hawkins\Brown, White Arkitekter, Ramboll and MJ Medical, with support from planning consultants, Bidwells and fire consultants, Alfor, have been engaging with staff from across the partner organisations about how the hospital should work.

Members of Cambridge Children’s Network, which is made up of children, young people, parents and carers from across the region, have also been instrumental in helping shape how the facility might look and feel in these early designs.

The environmental impact of the new hospital has been a major consideration in the development of these plans. Cambridge Children’s Hospital aims to be an exemplar in sustainability as part of its role in providing a safer future for all.

The hospital will include as many outdoors spaces as possible, including gardens, courtyards and terraces to provide access to nature and spaces for play and relaxation that support biodiversity and wildlife. The main hospital building will itself be enclosed within a wide landscaped green perimeter that recreates the feel of a summer meadow.

Clinton Green, director at Turner & Townsend and design team project director, said: “Reaching this major milestone is a great achievement and testament to the collective efforts and innovate approach from all involved. The design team have worked in close collaboration with the Client but also with young people, their families and staff to ensure that the design provides a welcoming and healing space for those who work or visit. We are looking forward to continuing this partnership approach as the outline business case is concluded and the project moves into the next phase of development.”

Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117862)
Cambridge Children's Hospital - credit Hawkins Brown and White Arkitekter (52117862)

Building work is due to start in 2023 and Cambridge Children’s Hospital is due to open in 2025.

The hospital will sit opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital on Robinson’s Way on Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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