Liverpool Receives Royal Gift From Santa

FATHER Christmas was in town on Tuesday to deliver a very special gift to the people of Liverpool, leading celebrations to mark completion of the highest point of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. The Topping Out ceremony was performed by the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden on the roof of the £335m new Royal. It was followed by a festive reception in what will be the new hospital’s atrium which was lined with Christmas trees and fairy lights, and decked out like a Santa’s Grotto. Topping Out ceremonies are traditionally used to celebrate the final steel beam – or equivalent – being placed on the tallest point of a new structure. The Deputy Lord Mayor performed the Topping Out by planting a yew tree into a concrete plinth.
New Royal atrium
New Royal atrium
Entertainment was provided by Alsop High School Choir, Merseywave Music Community Choir and Shine Gospel Choir. The event was hosted and funded by Carillion and their contractors and all construction was halted for the duration of the event. When it opens in 2017, the new Royal will be the largest hospital in England to have all ensuite single bedrooms for inpatients; enhancing privacy and dignity for its patients and reducing infection risks. It will also have one of the biggest emergency departments in the North West. Since work began in February 2014, 1666 local workers have been employed on site, with 357 of those workers coming from areas with high unemployment rates. 90 apprenticeships and 99 work experience placements have also been provided on site. Together with Carillion, the new Royal development has introduced a Community Fund providing £100,000 over three years for local groups. Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This monumental event, which has been hosted and supported by Carillion and their contractors, is an opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing achievements in the development of the new Royal, by the construction workers on site and our own dedicated project team and clinical advisors, who started planning the new hospital nearly ten years ago. “This is the biggest construction project that Liverpool has seen for years and is the start of a massive transformation for the city. The new Royal and the creation of the Liverpool Health Campus will put Liverpool on the world map for life sciences and give the people of Merseyside a hospital to be extremely proud of.”
Simon Webb
Simon Webb
Simon Webb, managing director of Carillion PLC, said: “Today celebrates an important milestone in the project and represents 97 weeks of work. This is an opportunity for us to thank all those involved in the project and particularly the men and women who have worked on the construction of what will be an iconic landmark on the Liverpool skyline.” Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden said: “I am pleased to announce that R Charity will be one of my adopted charities when I become Lord Mayor next year. It was an honour to perform the Topping Out ceremony and receive this early Christmas present on behalf of the people of Liverpool. It was so exciting to see the spectacular views of the Liverpool skyline that will be available to patients when the hospital opens. “This is a very special time for healthcare in Liverpool and today shows where Liverpool is heading in terms of health and wellbeing. This hospital – and the developments that will follow – will not only benefit local communities, but people around the world. It’s great that even in its development, this project has created so many opportunities for local people.” DSC_5580Santa Claus, who took time out from his Christmas preparations to be part of the Topping Out celebrations, said: “This is an extremely busy time of year for me, but I was delighted to be invited to this special event and present the people of Liverpool with an early Christmas present. “I get some great views of Liverpool from my sleigh each year, but the view from the roof of the new Royal will take some beating! I would like to wish all staff from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust – and everyone in Liverpool – a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.” One local construction worker talks about the reasons why he’s proud to be working on our landmark new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAAyjXU15p4 You can watch the new Royal grow by the viewing the latest time lapse footage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-XT4Mqmkgs