News: 23 February 2016£150m hospital transformation to provide facilities fit for the future

Leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for an extensive £150 million redevelopment of Luton & Dunstable (L&D) University hospital, covering key services including a new birthing centre and A&E expansion.

The proposals include a ‘hot services block’ which will also comprise a new delivery suite, neonatal unit and new theatre.

As well as high-quality medical facilities, visitors, staff and patients will benefit from increased parking provision, a central covered boulevard providing retail and catering facilities and increased access to green space with a new central plaza.

The hospital currently offers a full range of acute and specialist services from its current site, serving a catchment population of 300,000 people and employs around 3,700 dedicated staff. However despite its success, the physical buildings, layout and décor do not reflect the exceptional level of care.

Paul Foster, Planning Director in Barton Willmore’s Cambridge office, said “After consulting with the local community, it’s clear that there is a need for services that are efficient and sustainable, but these need to be provided in a way that offers minimal disruption to the busy hospital. Working with the redevelopment team, we’ve introduced a number of smaller enabling schemes, such as temporary theatres and remodelling which will ensure a smooth development process for local people, staff and patients which have also received planning permission.”

Luton Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission for the scheme, which was designed by Murphy Philipps. Work is expected to begin July 2016.

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