Old Royal Liverpool Hospital to become health sciences campus
The University of Liverpool plans to redevelop the site into a medical school to train up the next generation of health professionals.
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance plans for an Academic Health Sciences Campus on the site of the former Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Work to demolish the 1970s hospital is ongoing following the completion of a £700m new-build facility on a neighbouring site. The process of knocking down the 640-bed hospital is expected to complete in 2026.
This will free up the land for the health campus and further expand Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter, which is the fulcrum of the recently announced Liverpool City Region life sciences investment zone.
Professor Louise Kenny, executive pro-vice-chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool said the new Liverpool Academic Health Sciences Campus would help tackle some of the region’s “profound” health inequalities.
“We remain absolutely committed to playing our part in addressing these. Increasing our capacity to train healthcare professionals and retain them here after training, something that the university has a strong record in doing, is a key part of our work in this area.”
The facility would house the university’s medical, dental, nursing, and allied health professional students.
It would also feature flexible teaching spaces, clinical teaching facilities, and simulation facilities, such as mock wards and patient homes, supported by training in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data.
James Sumner, chief executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The agreement between LUHFT and the University of Liverpool is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the city of Liverpool.
“A new clinical skills and health education facility would significantly improve and modernise the quality of health education for the next generation of health care workers across multiple professions, including medicine, dentistry, nursing and the allied health professions.”
As well as providing a boost to the city region’s health prospects, the scheme also represents an opportunity to reuse a city centre site.
“[The project] would also be an important investment in the redevelopment of a key city centre location, sitting alongside two of the newest hospitals in the country and in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, all of which serve to benefit the people of Liverpool and beyond.”
Learn more about developments within the health and life sciences sector at Place North West’s Labs of the Future: Life Sciences Property Update on 23 November.