Boulevard paves the way for 21st century healthcare
The revolution of Manchester’s healthcare is set for completion as the final stage of the £500m Central Manchester University Hospitals complex is unveiled today – two weeks ahead of schedule!
The new 10,000m² boulevard will link each part of the hospital complex, giving patients, visitors and staff direct and easy access to all of the sites facilities.
The opening of the boulevard (2nd August)marks the culmination of a five-year build period that has transformed Manchester’s health services and rejuvenated the local community. Now the four state-of-the-art hospitals will have an additional 71 disabled parking spaces, dedicated drop-off points and outdoor seating areas for its patients, visitors and staff. The boulevard also forms part of the number 147 bus route and has a designated stop for the hospitals.
Roger Potts, general manager, Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd said: “The opening of the boulevard marks the final milestone for us and everybody involved in the construction of these fantastic facilities. The boulevard ties the site together and is positioned on the former home of the old Saint Mary’s Hospital tower block which was demolished and relocated earlier this year.
“The whole site has been delivered ahead of schedule and within budget. This is extremely impressive and testament to the effort all parties have committed to this project.
“As a local man myself, I can speak personally for Catalyst Healthcare and all our PFI partners when I say it has been a privilege to be involved in a project which will have lasting benefits for our city and everyone who lives here.”
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) chairman, Peter Mount, added: “The new boulevard is the perfect addition to the site and complements each of the four hospitals wonderfully. Over the past few months we’ve seen it steadily come to life and I’m thrilled the time has come to officially unveil it to the public.
“From start to finish, Catalyst Healthcare has delivered first class facilities and the opening of the boulevard completes the new hospitals wonderfully. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved in the development of these new hospitals for the benefit of our patients, staff and visitors.”
With four cutting-edge hospitals including the largest children’s hospital in Europe, the Central Manchester University Hospitals project has taken four-years to realise and covers a total area of over 265,000 square metres, nearly twice the size of the Trafford Centre. It delivers over 1,100 beds and also provides essential support services such as clinical sciences, education, training and research facilities.
Pictured (left to right): Roger Potts and Peter Mount.
Notes to editors:
• 95% of materials generated during demolition have been recycled, with all concrete and brick crushed for use under the landscaping of the boulevard.
• 10,000m2 of roadway and parking, including 71 disabled parking bays within close proximity of hospital entrances and 28 drop-off spaces.
• The boulevard incorporates surface water attenuation tanks to prevent storm surges in to the main drain, these have the capacity to hold over 312,000 litres of water.
• Provision for buses has been incorporated with bus stops in the heart of the hospital estate.
• 6,500m2 of landscaping incorporating 97 trees
Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd and the Central Manchester University Hospitals development – The development is a £500m PFI project managed by Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd, a Manchester-specific Catalyst company. The project brings together the best of Manchester’s healthcare on one, state-of-the-art site serving more than 1,000,000 patients a year.
The PFI consortium consists of Bovis Lend Lease (construction), Sodexo (facilities management), Vita Lend Lease (facilities management) and HSBC (finance). The project is the largest single investment ever to take place in Greater Manchester’s hospitals and includes the largest integrated children’s hospital outside of the US. It has transformed the face of Manchester and has provided:
Visit the website at: www.catalystlendlease.com
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (opened 11/06/09) – With nearly 400 beds, it is the largest children’s hospital in the UK with its own Accident and Emergency unit, the latest medical equipment and technology, play centre, schooling, family accommodation and adolescent facilities.
Manchester Royal Infirmary (opened 11/07/09) – The new development enhances the existing MRI providing over 750 adult acute beds. It includes an elective treatment centre, dedicated rehabilitation centre and specialist renal and cardiac services.
Saint Mary’s Hospital (opened 13/07/09) – The new hospital delivers gynaecological and obstetric care and includes midwifery led provision through labour, delivery and postnatal care, a neonatal unit, obstetric operating theatre and modern birthing facilities.
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (opened 08/08/09) – The new two storey hospital includes 24 examination rooms, five laser treatment rooms and two ultrasound rooms for outpatient services. An ophthalmic ward and specialist treatment and consulting rooms make up the first floor. It provides a new model of care by replacing currently fragmented facilities in one building.
Visit the website at: www.borninmanchester.co.uk