Royal Liverpool University Hospital Podium 3, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, P LUHFT
If plans are approved, work on the hospital entrance could begin in January 2022. Credit: via LUHFT

Entrance designs revealed for Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Julia Hatmaker

The long-awaited project is continuing to move forward, sharing CGIs of a proposed podium entrance that could be built by summer 2022.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the entrance will be accessible from Prescot Street and Mount Vernon Street. It will provide access to airport-like drop-off and pick-up points. There will also be disabled parking close to the north side entrances of the building. LUHFT said it hoped the podium would make it easier for patients to access the hospital while also minimising traffic congestion.

Steve Warburton, chief executive at Liverpool University Hospitals, said: “Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is now open and there has been significant progress on the development of the Knowledge Quarter, bringing increased footfall and traffic to the area, so it made sense to bring forward the planned development of the podium, ahead of the opening of the new hospital.”

Plans for the podium entrance will be submitted later this month. If approved, construction could begin in January 2022.

NBBJ is the architect for the scheme, while Avison Young is the planning consultant.

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is part of the government’s push to build 48 hospitals by 2030. It has been in the development process since 2014 and was originally expected to open in 2017. However, it suffered prolonged delays when original main contractor Carillion collapsed in 2018 and major structural issues were found. Laing O’Rourke took over as the main contractor in 2020.

LUHFT hopes to finish construction on the 646-bed hospital in 2022.

You can see more CGIs of the entrance below. Click any image to open the gallery.

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Royal is a dreadful place old or new! Known as the ‘knackers yard’ locally – lucky to get out. The podium will give somewhere nice and new for the smokers to stand with their drips wearing their gowns – can’t wait.

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