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BDP Selected to Design Yorkshire Hospitals

Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has selected Consort Healthcare as their preferred bidder to replace the existing Pinderfields General Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary under a £250M PPP project. The new hospitals are set to deliver a new step-change in patient-environment driven design.

Building Design Partnership are the lead architects, interior designers and landscape architects working in conjunction with Avanti Architects for the Balfour Beatty, Haden Young and Gleeson joint venture. 

BDP will be responsible for the design of the new 90,000m2 acute hospital on the Pinderfields site on the edge of Wakefield, while Avanti are architects for the 20,000 m2 diagnostic and treatment centre at Pontefract.

Tim Wilkins, BDP Project Director, said of the announcement:
"This is excellent news for BDP, Avanti and the Balfour Beatty joint venture, who worked in close partnership on this winning bid.

"Our designs built on the innovative and inspiring design brief prepared by the Trust and their advisors, including the Prince's Foundation. Both projects focus on the patient and staff environment utilising shallow plan space and courtyards to deliver daylight and views to all occupied rooms.  Our primary aim has been to put people at the heart of our design process and provide a world-class environment for patients, staff and visitors."

At Pinderfields the new build acute hospital will comprise a pair of in-patient hotels, a women's and children's centre, rehabilitation institute, an acute services building and a diagnostic and treatment centre.  Pontefract will provide, A&E, inpatient rehabilitation and maternity services along with an outpatient based diagnostic and treatment centre.

It is expected that the new Pontefract Hospital will open in 2008/9 and that the new Pinderfields Hospital will open in 2009/10.

Other members of the design team include clinical strategists Rawlinson Kelly Whittlestone, civil & structural engineers White Young Green and M&E engineers Buro Happold.