Southmead Hospital PFI Project

Southmead Hospital is one of the largest and most ambitious public-private healthcare schemes in the UK. Built on North Bristol NHS Trust’s existing 24.8 hectare site, the hospital houses 800 acute beds, 75% of which are in single rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities to offer patients more privacy and dignity, and 24 operating theatre suites. It also has a new accident and emergency department and improved public transport links.

On completion in 2016 it will have 2,700 car parking spaces for staff, visitors and patients. Faithful+Gould is providing technical due diligence, and construction and operational phase monitoring on the project.

The new state-of-the-art facility will consolidate the North Bristol NHS Trust’s provision of specialist care to a population of 500,000 on to a single site and is a central plank in the wider Bristol Health Services plan to rationalise acute services across the city, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It will also help to regenerate the Southmead area of North Bristol.

This showcase development has been designed to be the most sustainable modern acute hospital in the UK, with the highest rating in terms of environmental impact assessment and a carbon footprint that is well under the government’s target for such developments. The construction comprises two phases with the first phase covering the new main hospital building, which opened in 2014, while the second involves the demolition of existing hospital buildings on the site and the construction of the car parks, a sterile services department and landscaping of the site.

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