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Early designs for £220m children’s hospital in Cambridge which will serve Suffolk and beyond unveiled



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Work on a dedicated regional children’s hospital to serve Suffolk and beyond is due to start in 2023 after early design plans were submitted to Cambridge City Council.

The submission of the formal reserved matters planning application builds on the outline planning permission which was previously granted for the site.

The move comes after the early designs and floor plans were shared with the council’s planning committee in August.

The submission of the formal reserved matters planning application builds on the outline planning permission which was previously granted for the site
The submission of the formal reserved matters planning application builds on the outline planning permission which was previously granted for the site

The new hospital will be built opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Robinson’s Way on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Andrew Tollick, senior programme manager for the hospital’s design and construction, said: “This is a big milestone for Cambridge Children’s Hospital, not only in planning terms, but in sharing our vision for a whole new way, one that integrates children’s mental and physical health services alongside world-class research to provide holistic, personalised care in a state-of-the-art facility.”

The hospital will care for children and young people from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire as well as patients from all over the UK and the world.

The new hospital will be built opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Robinson’s Way on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
The new hospital will be built opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Robinson’s Way on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The total cost is expected to be £220million, with £20million raised from land sales, and it aims to open in 2025, with construction work starting in 2023.

The drawings within the proposals are an early indication of how this innovative hospital might look.

The hospital will cover an estimated total footprint of around 36,000sq m, which includes 5,000sq m of research space. The plans also include details of possible future development for the hospital beyond 2025.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital will be a brand new state-of-the-art hospital designed to take care of the whole child, not just their illness by embedding genomic and psychological research alongside clinical expertise in physical and mental child health.

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