£15m renovation will improve access and enhance the patient environment
BAM has completed work on the first phase of rejuvenating Aintree University Hospital, by creating a new main entrance and state-of-the-art tower block.
The £15m renovation has given the hospital a modern, efficient, and contemporary feel with improved access.
Patients and staff will also benefit from cleaner, simpler, and safer drop-off facilities.
The work is part of a £22.5m investment to refurbish the tower block and provide improvements to the emergency department.
And it continues a partnership which began 10 years ago when BAM started work on the hospitals new £35m urgent care and trauma centre.
BAM’s North West team has replaced windows and cladding, improved insulation, and added solar reflection and natural ventilation, which will help to manage inside temperatures all year round, improving overall comfort within the wards.
Rob Bailey, BAM’s construction director, said: ‘We have a very-strong understanding with the trust, and the effective collaboration between us is a critical ingredient in the success that is being achieved here.
“These two schemes were procured differently, but we have shown that the value of establishing a good understanding is the vital factor, whatever route our clients choose.”
The development is the latest in a series of improvements at the hospital over the past decade
The 125ft-tall tower block, which has 480 beds, reached its 50th anniversary in 2021.
It is a key city landmark for Aintree, with its 10 floors being visible for miles around.
In addition to housing most of the hospital’s inpatient wards, the tower block is also home to a dialysis unit, discharge lounge, offices and conference rooms.
And its total floorspace measures 16,500sq m, more than the pitches at Anfield and Goodison combined, and is served by 11 lifts.
Steve Warburton, chief executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree University Hospital, said: ‘This is the biggest-ever single investment in Aintree’s tower block and will extend its lifespan by up to 30 years.
“The development is great news for our patients and staff and is also a vote of confidence in the hospital and the vital role it plays for the region’s NHS services.”
Paul Fitzpatrick, director of estates and facilities at the trust, added: “The renovation works will make patients more comfortable, while also protecting the building from the weather.
“Patients and staff will really notice the benefits - cold winters will feel warmer, while hot summers will feel cooler.”