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New Hospital Wing

Work on Bradford Royal Infirmary's new multi-million pound hospital wing has now passed the half-way stage.

We are now on the home straight and into week 43 of an 80-week construction programme for our £28 million wing which is growing by the day; our partner contractor BAM is progressing well with the works and we are on schedule to complete in November this year.

This exciting development is part of a £75 million investment on improving patient care in our hospitals over the next five years.

The wing will house two new modern spacious wards being built to accommodate Paediatric Services on level 3. This provision will transform our children's services and future-proof against the known population increase for this age group. On level 2, a new elderly care ward is being built which will link across to Ward 29. The development will also include a long-awaited, state-of-the-art intensive care unit on level 1 with increased single room provision.

You can read more about this innovative intensive care unit, designed to be an ‘oasis of calm’, delivering the best possible patient experience and care here.

The wards will be linked across the front with an atrium entrance. This will provide much improved access to all wards and departments to the rear of the BRI site.

The main entrance at the front of the BRI will also undergo a major overhaul with a new reception area planned which will house a new Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and Bereavement Centre. The refurbished entrance will also provide new modern retail outlets such as shops, a coffee bar and a restaurant.

If you’ve visited BRI, you will have noticed the new wing rising quickly out of the ground during last summer and autumn. During this time we saw the main steel frame going up to support the upper floors, and following that, the floors were installed - various large cranes were brought on the site to lift on the roofing sheets.

On the very top of the build, the roof of the plant room is now in place, allowing the engineers to begin bringing in the boilers and ventilation plant to the site. These will provide heat, power and water to the new build.

Solid hoardings have been erected around the site with viewing windows, which allows for a peak at the construction. A great vantage point to oversee the whole build is the level 3 corridor between Ward 9 and Ward 12.

You may also notice some pink boards which make up the waterproof layer ready to accept the insulated cladding panels that will surround the whole building. The windows are also going in now meaning that internal works can move along without hindrance from our unpredictable Bradford weather, and internally, the walls are going in up on Level 3. The fit-out of Level 2 will soon follow.

Recently we had a low-flying ‘visitor’ buzzing around in the skies. This was a drone camera, commissioned by our contractors to capture building progress to-date.

The fascinating aerial footage from the drone is available on the dedicated new hospital wing social media pages for all to see, giving everyone an opportunity to walk through the construction site virtually. 

For further information on the development, contact Shane Embleton on 01274 364521 or via email at Shane.Embleton@bthft.nhs.uk.

Quick Numbers

After we have removed 7500 tonnes of earth, the new hospital wing will take 250 construction workers over 18 months to complete and will contain:

  • 6580m² of flooring
  • 4500m² of roofing
  • 3000m³ of concrete
  • 725m² of glass, including the atrium entrance
  • 630 tonnes of steel made up of 2,450 individual pieces
  • 300 doors
  • 279 rooms
  • 172 wash basins
  • 159 door locks
  • 80 additional beds
  • 71 windows
  • 52 toilets
  • 35 disabled car parking spaces
  • 3 lifts

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be much disruption throughout the development?

The current high level of service you come to expect at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be maintained throughout the development and the Trust will minimise disruption for patients, visitors, staff and the local community as much as possible.

How much is the development going to cost?

The new Hospital Wing development will cost a total of £28m.This includes all the medical & clinical equipment required

How is this new development being paid for?

The New Hospital Wing development is fully funded by the Foundation Trusts annual capital programme and is the first part of a £75 million investment on improving patient care in our hospitals over the next five years.

Who is building the New Hospital Wing?

BAM Construction Ltd has been appointed to build the New Hospital Wing at BRI. They have established offices on site so are on hand every day to ensure the site is safe for all.

How do I get into the hospital whilst the work is ongoing?

All the entrances to the hospital will remain. There is a diversion in place from Gate 6 off Smith Lane which is well signposted for all. Access for disabled visitors is maintained.

Where will I be able to park?

Pay & Display car parking is unaffected by the proposed works. This is located at both sides of the hospital. There is a large pay & display car park on the opposite side of Smith Lane (adjacent to the Bradford Cancer Support Offices). Parking facilities for blue badge holders' parking is unaffected.