SHEFFIELD Children’s Hospital today unveiled £30 million expansion plans to build a new wing to treat more poorly youngsters.
Space for an extra 72 children will be created by three modern wards and a new department for outpatients.
The oldest part of the hospital’s site on Western Bank dates back more than a century.
The planned new three-storey development - due to be completed by 2015 - will not only increase capacity on the wards but will also boost the number of single bedrooms for older children and teenagers.
Bosses at the hospital have invited six UK architects to draw up plans, and initial blueprints are due back by December 13.
The NHS will provide the most of the money for the project - estimated to cost between £20m and £30m - but the Children’s Hospital Charity will also launch a massive fundraising drive to help raise the cash.
Simon Morritt, chief executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, told The Star: “Parts of the hospital date back to 1903 and we want to make sure it is fit for purpose for everything we need to achieve over the coming decades.
“We’re in a tough financial climate at the moment and so plan to make this a jointly funded scheme between the NHS and the Children’s Hospital Charity.
“We are very excited to see how the architects will prepare a building which meets the needs of our patients and clinicians in an environmentally sensitive way.”
A panel of staff, governors and carers will choose a design in January, helped by Sheffield University’s head of architecture, Professor Flora Samuels.
Mr Morritt added: “Holding this competition will allow us to get the best possible design for the new wing which is extremely important when we think about how adaptable it will need to be for the years to come.
“Our long-term plan is to continue to grow our specialist services and improve the quality of accommodation we provide for children and their families.
“The Children’s Hospital Charity will play an important role in funding the project so we hope the public will get behind it.”