LIVERPOOL University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) has unveiled plans to bring forward the ‘podium’ entrance to the new hospital north elevation to help ease access and egress to the New Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
The podium will provide vehicular and pedestrian access to short stay drop off points and disabled parking close to the north side main entrances.
Originally in the long-term site plan, delays to the project have allowed the development of the imposing entrance to be brought forward.
The podium will provide easier access for patients and minimise potential traffic congestion on routes around the hospital campus.
Steve Warburton, Chief Executive at Liverpool University Hospitals said: “We have an opportunity to reassess the build programme and reconfigure aspects of the construction to better suit current and future patient needs.
“Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is now open and there has been significant progress on the development of the Knowledge Quarter, bringing increased footfall and traffic to the area, so it made sense to bring forward the planned development of the podium, ahead of the opening of the new hospital.
“As part of this process we have been working closely with all stakeholders and a planning application will be submitted to create a podium entrance accessed off Prescot Street and via Mount Vernon Street to facilitate airport style drop off and pick up points.
“The podium will be submitted for planning to Liverpool City Council this month and, subject to approval, construction will commence in January 2022 and is expected to complete in summer 2022.”
The hospital is part of the government’s commitment to deliver 48 hospitals by 2030, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.