The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Tenders issued for design teams to work on prestigious hospital development at Leeds General Infirmary

20 November 2020

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has issued tender notices seeking talented architects and design teams to work on a world-leading development of two new hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary.

The Trust has the funding and planning approvals in place to design and build a state-of-the-art hospital for adult healthcare and a purpose-built new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital. Called Hospitals of the Future, this five-year project is a major development of more than 94,000m2 in the heart of the city.

Hospitals of the Future is one of six projects to receive funding in the first wave of the UK Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan - its national programme of healthcare capital investment - and the first to come to market.

As one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK, Leeds Teaching Hospitals delivers outstanding care for patients from the city and across the country. It is a centre of excellence for specialist services, globally recognised for research and innovation and a leader in medical education and training.

Hospitals of the Future is a rare opportunity for design teams across the world to design and build bespoke clinical environments based around the needs of patients and staff.

The two hospitals must deliver innovative healthcare in an environment that is uplifting and comforting for patients and an inspiring place to work.

The Trust aims to set the standard for healthcare design in the UK. Its ambitions include making the new hospitals the most digitally advanced and smart in the UK; leading on sustainability and carbon reduction; promoting best practice through Designing for Manufacture and Assembly and Modern Methods of Construction and becoming the first UK acute trust in the HIP Programme to be accredited to the WELL Building Standard.

When the Hospitals of the Future project is completed, the Trust has the potential to release 5 hectares of wider estate for development to support the vision for an Innovation District in Leeds. A strategic partnership between the Trust, the Leeds Universities and Leeds City Council this will create a world-class hub focussed on healthcare talent, industry partnerships, research and training.

It will have the potential to deliver £3.3 billion Gross Value Added benefits* and an additional 3,500 jobs for Leeds and the wider region.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust explains: “This will be a flagship hospital project, not just for Leeds but also for the UK. We need architectural partners that can rise to the challenge of this exciting, complex design brief and work with us to deliver world-class hospitals that will transform the future of healthcare for patients from Leeds, the wider region and beyond for years to come.”

The Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL LLD said: “Hospitals of the Future is an exceptional project. It will not only deliver state of the art hospital facilities for our patients and staff but has the potential to make a significant impact on the future economic growth and development of Leeds city and the region.”

“This new build, and the 5 hectares of wider estate released for development will make a major contribution to the vision for an Innovation District in Leeds.”

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*According to initial green book economic impact assessment