THIS IS the way Sheffield Children’s Hospital looks now - and here’s how it could look in three years’ time once sleek new plans become reality.
Young patients arriving at the entrance on Clarkson Street in the year 2015 will enter via shiny new sliding glass doors.
Indoors, they will be greeted by a giant new play tube, which rises and pierces the hospital’s ceiling.
Inside the tube will be play rooms filled with colour and shapes to explore and enjoy - and the tube will light up at night.
Wards will have huge windows letting in natural light and city views.
Rooms will be streamlined, clean and bright, and decorated on the walls with exciting images to inspire youngsters’ imaginations.
A group of 22 mums, dads, doctors, nurses, managers and trust directors pored over drawings from six different architecture firms before choosing London-based Avanti as the winning designers.
Each firm presented their ideas, and panel members quizzed them before scoring them on six main issues including patient experience, clinical functionality and design.
Project manager John Petty said: “The designs have been very thought-provoking for the trust.
“The different architects majored on different elements and all the solutions could actually work.
“The designs were very different and all of them had strengths and weaknesses – that was the nature of the competition.
“But what we had to do was find the best for the trust.
“Avanti’s design met our specification and we were impressed by their team.”
Before building work starts next year the plans need to be approved by NHS watchdog Monitor.
And the hospital trust needs to finalise its finances, and the plans must be approved by Sheffield Council’s planning board.
Mr Petty said the trust’s project team would now work with Avanti to produce a detailed feasibility study, looking at issues including patient care and nursing, infection control, fire regulations and security.
Mr Petty added: “The trust will be following a procurement route with partners who can offer us cost-effective solutions.
“We’ll be using partners who offer us the best deals overall, on efficiency but also quality.”