AN INVESTMENT of £15 million will give Aintree University Hospital’s iconic Tower Block further decades of expected use for patients.
The boost to NHS services in Liverpool comes as the 125-foot tall Tower Block, which holds 480 beds, prepares to reach its 50th anniversary in 2021.
The renovation works will make patients more comfortable, while also protecting the building from the weather. In addition, the hospital’s main entrance will get a new contemporary look, improving the environment for patients and their visitors. Hospital services will continue as normal throughout the construction programme, which is expected to take 30 months.
Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree University Hospital, said: “This is the biggest single investment in Aintree Tower Block and will extend its lifespan by up to 30 years. This development means that we have invested more than £200 million into Aintree’s buildings and facilities since 2006.
“The Tower Block development is great news for our patients and staff. It is also a vote of confidence in the hospital and the vital role it plays for the city region’s NHS services.
“Our staff work hard to provide high-quality care for our patients and it is important that our buildings support this. This renovation will breathe new life into the Tower Block and give it a modern, efficient and contemporary feel.”
The construction will be carried out by BAM Construction, who previously built the £35 million Urgent Care and Trauma centre at Aintree University Hospital, which was officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge in September 2017.