PLANS to spend £15million to renovate a section of Aintree Hospital have been revealed.
The 125-foot tall Tower Block, which was built 49 years ago and holds 480 beds, will be given a much-needed revamp.
The building is a local landmark, its 10 floors being visible from miles around, including from the grandstands at Aintree Racecourse.
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 two and a half years.
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.”
Paul Fitzpatrick, Director of Estates and Facilities for the Trust, added: “The renovation will provide improved insulation, solar reflection and natural ventilation helping to manage inside temperatures all year round. Patients and staff will really notice the benefits - cold winters will feel warmer, while hot summers will feel cooler.”
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.
Rob Bailey, BAM Construction Manager for the scheme, said: “We have a very strong understanding with the Trust, and the effective collaboration between us is a critical ingredient in the success we expect to achieve here.
“Our experience in healthcare schemes across the UK is exceptional, and the way we work means that the hospital’s patients and staff will feel involved and informed about what is happening around them. That’s very important to us.”