This incredible new drone footage shows the size and scale of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital as staff prepare to start to move in.
Today it was confirmed that, after years of delays and problems, staff will finally start to move across from the old royal site to the new state-of-the-art facility from September 28. The trust will begin its 24-day move plan that will see staff, patients and services move across to the new building in a phased approach, with the move complete by October 21, 2022.
The news comes as the Trust took partial possession of the building from construction partners Laing O’Rourke this week. This is an important step forward for the project which allows the trust to start the final phase of work to prepare for moving patients and staff across to the new hospital.
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The new Royal Liverpool Hospital was initially due to open in 2017 but has been beset by problems, largely caused by the collapse of construction giant Carillion. Five years on from that date and the prospect of Liverpool having its new hospital open to the public is edging ever closer.
James Sumner, Chief Executive at LUHFT, said: “The new hospital marks the beginning of a new era of healthcare in the city, when the people of Liverpool will finally have the hospital and facilities that they deserve. Today represents a real milestone in the life of Liverpool University Hospitals and in the construction of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. I’m delighted that we have taken possession of the building from our construction partners Laing O’Rourke.
“We are also now formally confirming Wednesday, September 28 2022 will be the day we begin moving into the new hospital. For everyone involved - our patients and their families, colleagues and the public across the Liverpool City Region - this is a fantastic day. After a lot of anticipation, we are now able to say that we will be moving to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
“I want to thank everyone involved for the dedication and hard work involved in getting the project to this point. Now, we can look forward with great excitement to opening the doors on a new hospital that the people and the city of Liverpool deserve.”
The trust has today released this remarkable drone footage which shows the huge new facility in all its glory. Construction teams will remain on site at the new Royal into 2023 to complete internal and external works, particularly the new podium main entrance drop-off, which will allow easier access for patients and visitors. In addition, the final two of three link bridges will be installed to link the new Royal with Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, which aims to create swift access to specialist treatment for patients at both sites. The first link bridge was installed in June.
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