North Manchester General Hospital Car Park, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, P.AFL D&A
The car park is due to complete next summer. Credit: AFL Architects D&A statement

Demolition to commence at North Manchester General Hospital 

Dan Whelan

Contractor PP O’Connor has been appointed by Morgan Sindall Construction to knock down a clutch of outdated buildings at the facility to make way for the first phase of a £600m revamp of the Crumpsall site. 

Earlier this year, Morgan Sindall was appointed by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a £25m package of enabling works to kickstart the project, which included the construction of a 1,000-space car park and cycle hub designed by AFL Architects. 

In order to progress the scheme, several buildings including the Limbert House Nurses’ Home and the infectious diseases unit to the north of the North Manchester General Hospital site are to be demolished by PP O’Connor. 

The demolition work is due to take 24 weeks, according to the contractor’s method statement, which was signed off by Manchester City Council this week.  

Morgan Sindall aims to complete the enabling works package by summer 2022.

North Manchester General Hospital By Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the architect for the wider £600m redevelopment. Credit: Sheppard Robson.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is working alongside delivery partners, including developer Bruntwood, to transform the 67-acre hospital site in Crumpsall into a “healthy living campus”. 

Approved in March, the masterplan will see the delivery of a modernised hospital alongside staff training and other healthcare facilities, new homes, a village green, and commercial units. 

The hospital buildings are ageing and in need of significant work, the NHS trust has noted. The project secured £54m from the government earlier this month, and architectural firm Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the lead architect. 

The proposals include: 

  • Healthcare Hub – featuring a replacement acute hospital and modern mental health hospital, to anchor the campus 
  • Wellbeing Hub – to enable the delivery of modern, integrated community health, care and wellbeing services, with a single building for mixed service provision, meeting spaces and a café 
  • Education Hub – a centre to provide staff training for employees of the hospital and community health and wellbeing hub, and to generate employment opportunities for future local residents 
  • Healthy Neighbourhood Hub – a residential-led component providing key worker accommodation, social housing, stepdown care and extra care, as well as commercial space for local SMEs 
  • Village Green – comprising high-quality outdoor space, acting as a focal point for the campus with green spaces and water features, for staff and local residents to use for meetings, exercise and relaxation. 

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