AMBITIOUS plans for a new state-of-the-art wing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital have been submitted formally to the city council.
It is hoped the sleek new £40 million complex will be ready to welcome its first patients within three years.
The plans include construction of a new main entrance, outpatients’ and ward building in the south-east of the hospital site, along with a new service yard and delivery zone.
The main entrance on Clarkson Road will be extended and a new frontage added.
Buildings in Clarkson Street and Northumberland Road will also be demolished and rebuilt.
If all goes to plan, the new wing will be dominated by a colourful play tower in the main entrance to the hospital on Clarkson Street.
The scheme is to be funded jointly by the Government and by Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
It will contain three wards and 72 beds and a new outpatient department, plus several en-suite rooms.
There will be priority car parking, an inner courtyard, and a drop-off point.
More parking spaces – which the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust insists is a top priority – will be included.
Members of the public have until December 6 to comment on the plans.
Simon Morritt, chief executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the trust at the moment with plans for the redevelopment moving on. Our project team are working closely with staff to ensure the new building will be state-of-the-art and will deliver the best patient care possible.
“We’ve also been working with town planners to make sure our designs are in keeping with the local area.”
He added: “Building work will start in Spring.”