A COLOURFUL play tower will form the centrepiece of a bright new-look Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Star can reveal today.
Designs have been unveiled for the sleek and spacious £40 million new wing – which should welcome its first young patients within just three years.
Light, colour, shapes and airy open space dominate the drawings produced by architecture firm Avanti.
It is the company chosen from among six shortlisted to put together ideas for the rebuild.
A panel of patients, parents, staff, governors and directors selected the chosen scheme.
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.
Managers at the world-leading hospital hope to secure planning permission this summer, with building work starting next Spring. Children could be admitted from early 2015.
Simon Morritt, chief executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospital would become a ‘flagship building’ for the city.
“We are delighted to have chosen a design and architect to work with on our plans for the new build, and would like to thank all the architects who took part,” he said.
“They came up with a variety of innovative ideas and the panel was very impressed with the quality of the proposals.
“We are content this will be a flagship building for the hospital and for Sheffield.”
The new wing - to be funded jointly by the Government and Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity - 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 play area, and a drop-off point outside.
Work will now be done to finalise the plans, and draw up a full feasibility study.
More parking spaces - which the trust insists is a top priority after years of parking problems - will be included.