New innovation district for Leeds reaches milestone with unveiling of city’s major hospitals plans
12 August 2021
The creation of the LGI Development plan, part of the Leeds Innovation District, has taken a step forward with the unveiling of the new concept designs for two new hospitals for Leeds, one for children and one for adults.
Building the new hospitals will release around five hectares of prime city-centre estate on the Leeds General Infirmary site which will be redeveloped as part of the Leeds Innovation District.
This development is expected to bring about economic benefits for the city and wider region of up to £11.2bn in net present value terms and create more than 3,000 jobs.
The Leeds Innovation District is a strategic partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, the Leeds Universities, Leeds City Council to develop a world-class hub for healthcare, industry partnerships, innovation and research.
It has already seen investment from the University of Leeds in its £40million Nexus innovation hub, and in the £80 million investment in the Leeds Beckett University of Film, Music and Performing Arts, among others.
Dame Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said the building of the two new hospitals and the redevelopment of part of the old hospital estate as part of the Innovation District, is the most important development in Leeds city centre for a generation.
“It is fitting that the old site, which has served us well for more than 150 years, is transformed to ensure that here in Leeds, we continue to be at the forefront of med-tech and digital advancements for years to come,” she said.
Simon Worthington, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Director of Finance said
"Research and innovation is at the heart of everything Leeds Teaching Hospitals does. The digital and innovation agenda is changing how patients access clinical services and how the Trust provides care for its patients. Digital technology and world-leading innovative techniques will be central to the services provided in the new hospitals.”
The concept of the Leeds Development Plan is already being tested with the recently launched Innovation Pop Up based at Leeds General Infirmary. This builds on the Trust’s substantial track record of excellence in research and innovation and is a place where translational research and innovation approaches will take place to test new ideas and develop collaborations with clinical innovators and entrepreneurs.
The Pop Up’s first member/partner is 3D LifePrints, a medical 3D printing company who design and manufacture patient-specific medical devices. Since becoming part of the Innovation Pop Up they have established contacts with Paediatric Cardiology, Cranio Maxillofacial and Neurosurgery teams on the hospital site.
Henry Pinchbeck, CEO of 3D LifePrints, said: “Opening in Leeds has been a long term objective for 3D LifePrints and the Innovation Pop Up is an ideal location for our Point of Care Hub. The Pop Up’s advantageous location within the hospital ensures that surgeons are able to directly interact with our technology within minutes of being on the wards.”
Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “Investment in infrastructure isn’t just an investment in bricks and mortar, it’s an investment in people and skills too, and it’s wonderful to see the dream of two new hospitals for Leeds progressing in this way and enabling further innovative investment into the city.
“Not only will the hospitals provide the people of the city with world class health care for the 21st century, but they will also unlock the Leeds Innovation District and help bring jobs, investment and prosperity in health innovation to both Leeds and the wider corridor across the Pennines, building on world-class capabilities.”
Disused buildings on the site of the new hospitals are already being demolished and the Trust aims to start construction in 2023 to align its work with the Government’s New Hospitals Programme which has committed to build 40 hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion investment.
The wider programme will provide the benefits of working at scale and allow the sharing of experience in areas such as digital technology, sustainability and modern methods of construction.
By working in this collaborative way the Trust’s Hospitals of the Future programme will maximise both benefits and efficiencies and ensure delivery of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, which also represents value for money for the taxpayer.
The new hospital concept designs have been created by major interdisciplinary practice, BDP, who were appointed last month to lead the architectural design of the Hospitals of the Future programme, part of the Trust’s long-term vision to transform healthcare facilities for Leeds and the wider region.
Andrew Smith, head of healthcare at BDP, said they were delighted to work with LTHT to bring this concept to life. “By applying our experience in designing the best healthcare facilities around the globe we are delivering a healthy and thoughtful hospital design for Leeds that looks to the future of best practice and innovation,” he said.