Mid Cheshire NHS nets approval for £14m day surgery
Victoria Infirmary off Winnington Street in Northwich is due for a 12,600 sq ft extension filled with two operating theatres, assorted consulting rooms, and a recovery area.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning department gave the green light to two aspects of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust project yesterday.
The approved applications call for the demolition of existing structures by the infirmary and the building of an extension to act as a surgical hub. The third application, which looks into refurbishing one of the historic structures on the site, is pending approval.
Money for the two-storey elective surgery hub comes from NHS England, which awarded Mid Cheshire NHS £14m for the medical facility.
The surgical hub is meant to allow the NHS to treat more patients and reduce wait times. Because the facility is separate from emergency services, beds will be able to be free for those awaiting operations.
The surgical hub will replace the 1960s Binney Ward, which will now be demolished. The Binney Ward is vacant and was last used 12 years ago, according to the report from a Cheshire West and Chester Council planning officer.
Part of the also disused Verdin Ward will be demolished as well, with hopes to refurbish it later. The refurbishment of Verdin Ward is the subject of the third, yet-to-be-approved application. This was submitted separately due to ecological issues with Verdin Ward, which has become a lively bat habitat.
Regarding the approved new-build plans, the NHS is targeting a BREEAM rating of Excellent for the facility.
The project team for the Victoria Infirmary scheme includes planning consultant Q+A Planning, architect Corstorphine + Wright, and project manager and contractor Kier Group.
Curtins is the structural and civil engineer for the scheme. Wallace Whittle is the M&E and sustainability consultant.
WSP is providing environmental advice and Hoare Lee is doing the same for noise impact. Wardell Armstrong is the ground investigation consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall is the quantity surveyor, and Iteriad is the landscape architect. Ascerta is the arboricultural assessor.
When it comes to heritage, Place & Context is the consultant, with Cotswold Archaeology providing the historic building assessment.
You can view the plans for the day surgery in Northwich by using searching on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning portal using reference number 22/04204/FUL for the demolition application, 22/04542/FUL for the new-build aspect of the project, and 22/04542/FUL for the refurbishment of Verdin House.