Leighton Hospital, Crewe, P.Chehsire East

The existing hospital would be replaced. Credit: MCHFT

Land deal inked to unlock £740m Cheshire hospital campus

Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has acquired around 24 acres close to the ageing Leighton Hospital in Crewe to facilitate a replacement facility as part of the government’s £20bn New Hospitals Programme.

Whitehall announced last year that Leighton Hospital would benefit from funding from the NHP due to the amount of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete within the estate.

RAAC has a 30-year lifespan and Leighton Hospital is 50 years old.

Earlier this year, the NHS trust began the search for a design team for the £740m new-build campus and now it has acquired four parcels of land that will be required to build the campus.

The new campus will be developed in line with the government’s standardised Hospital 2.0 model, providing a health and care campus that aims to address health inequalities and transform health outcomes in the local population.

The New Leighton campus is expected to be delivered by 2030.

Hill Dickinson and Sanderson Weatherall advised on the land purchase.

Rebecca Wakefield, senior associate in Hill Dickinson’s health real estate team, said: “We are delighted to have supported Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through negotiation of the land purchase and to have secured this land for them to move forward with their exciting NHP plans.

“We worked closely with the trust’s internal project team and its surveyor, taking a collaborative approach to advise the trust on the terms of the deal and guiding them to completion of the acquisition.”

John Goodchild, partner at Sanderson Weatherall, said the importance of the land deal “could not be understated”.

“It has propelled the trust into the vanguard of new hospitals to be delivered under the NHS’s New Hospitals Programme and Hospital 2.0.

“The new hospital will be complemented by a network of new roads and the delivery of more than 1,600 new homes in adjacent development plots. This really opens up the prospect to see transformational change in this part of Crewe with the benefits of significant public and private sector investment likely to be felt across Cheshire.”

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Are we going to build any amenities, in the area, can not get to see doctor now,

By Chris card

After 14 years,they begin to honour the 40 new hospital plan,could the forthcoming elections have influenced the decision,I wonder, could they be so cynica,surely not,

By Anonymous

Who thought it was a good idea to build anything with a thirty year lifespan.

By Anonymous

Hopefully a decent car park as it is dreadful trying to find somewhere to park.Shame the new multi storey car park in Crewe town centre has been built as it’s a waste of money

By Anonymous

Leighton Hospital has had many ‘new additions’ and changes to the front entrance, which reduced the available parking spaces a great deal. So what would this new hospital have, better facilities? Would the ‘new space’ have better parking spaces?, better lifts and access for disabled patients?. Will there be more faster access to treatments with all the doctors of all ranks and all nurses be working to their full strength.

By Karen Andrews

As long as they give us a lot bigger car park as presently its a joke.

By Anonymous

As a previous clinical employee I applaud the decision to build a state of the art facility that will serve the surrounding community and beyond. However, I am astonished that they will have wasted the several millions of public money they have invested updating the current facility that will now be buried with the rest of the antiquated bricks and mortar!

By Anonymous

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