Projections for the newly redesigned Luton and Dunstable Hospital have emerged, as the £150 million project continues to gather momentum.
New images of the design show a completely overhauled entrance and walkway, as well as a sitting area outside the hospital’s main block.
The L&D has now appointed Galliford Try as its preferred contractor for the project, which has been pencilled in for completion in 2019.
The first stage of the work, which will start imminently, is the delivery of a new £8 million office block.
This is required before the rest of the construction work can begin.
The main programme includes a new £80 million ‘Hot Block’ for all critical care, surgery and other complex care procedures.
The emergency department and entrance to the hospital will also receive a large overhaul, while a new orthopaedic hub will be set up in the ground floor of the Travelodge on Dunstable Road.
Plans are also in place for the construction of a helipad, as air ambulances taking patients to the L&D currently have to land on Ferrars Junior School’s playing field.
Patients are then met by a land ambulance and driven to the hospital’s A+E.
Galliford Try has been taken on for the main programme of work through the NHS’s ProCure21+ framework.
The firm’s newly appointed chief executive Peter Truscott said: “This prestigious scheme is one of the largest on the ProCure21+ framework and is a fantastic win for our business.
“Galliford Try has a growing presence in the healthcare market and this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our capability in delivering complex public sector healthcare projects.”