Planning Approval for New £22 Million Hospital in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Plans have been unanimously approved for a new £22 million hospital, designed by AFL Architects, to be built in the heart of Stratford upon Avon for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. The phased building works will start on site November 2014. The main contractor is Speller Metcalfe.

The new hospital will be built adjacent to the existing, with all current services being maintained throughout the build period. At 5,700m2 it is approximately twice the size of the current hospital and will include a new 250 space multi-storey car park, energy centre and public realm as part of the strategic masterplan.

The principle design concept was to produce a community hospital that provided a striking building with a strong identity for the Trust, whilst creating internal spaces that are comfortable, sympathetic and conducive to healing. Similarly, a great deal of care has been taken to ensure all buildings on the site, both new and old, are connected with landscaping and amenity space that is open to patients, visitors and staff alike.

Cancer services unit

The new hospital will incorporate cancer services on the upper level, including 14 chemotherapy treatment chairs, and an emergency treatment room alongside a range of facilities to support patients, such as information and counselling services, and a complimentary therapy room.
With the approval for this new hospital cancer care will be brought closer to home for patients and improve accessibility for residents in South Warwickshire.

Eye Unit

The first floor will include 12 outpatient consulting rooms, 3 macular injection rooms with associated investigation rooms as well as a dedicated children’s waiting area. There will also be a modern, flexible operating theatre undertaking day procedures for conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma.

The new hospital will also be supported by an energy centre containing a Combined Heat and Power Plant, continuing the Trust’s commitment to sustainable, energy efficient buildings for the future. The main hospital itself is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and features 350 sqm of roof-mounted photovoltaics, making use of natural ventilation and daylighting where appropriate.

Extensive use of off-site prefabrication will be used to allow quick and clean construction techniques to be employed. The building has been designed to a minimum BIM Level 2 meaning the Trust will receive an information rich building model at the completion of the project which will greatly simplify their maintenance activities and reduce their life cycle costs.

Neil Whatford, Associate, AFL Architects said:

“AFL Architects are delighted to have received Full Planning Approval for this prestigious project, and look forward to continuing to work with the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust on the redevelopment of the Stratford Hospital to deliver a range of new and improved services to the people of Stratford-Upon-Avon within this new flagship facility.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are all absolutely delighted that these plans have been approved as we see the new hospital as a vital part of the area moving forward.”

Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development said:

“For a number of years I have wanted to develop services at Stratford Hospital to provide more care closer to home. The local support for this development has confirmed that this is key to our provision for future healthcare. A tremendous amount of work has gone in to the development of the case to support this build and now our plans have been approved, I can’t wait to get started with the work.”

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