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BDP to head-up Yorkshire PPP hospital plans

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BDP is to spearhead the design of a £250 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) hospital programme that will upgrade chief healthcare facilities across mid-Yorkshire.

The practice has been appointed by Consort Healthcare to create a new 90,000m 2acute hospital at Pinderfields, Wakefield, while Avanti Architects will design a 20,000m 2diagnostic and treatment centre at Pontefract.

Pinderfields will feature a pair of in-patient hotels, a women and children centre, rehabilitation institute, acute services building and a diagnostic and treatment hub.

Key facilities at Pontefract will include A&E, in-patient rehabilitation and maternity services along with an outpatient diagnostic and treatment centre.

The new facilities are set to deliver a step-change in healthcare design, claims BDP project director, Tim Wilkins.

'Both projects focus of the patient and staff environment utilising shallow plan space and courtyards to deliver daylight and views to all occupied rooms,' he said. 'Our primary aim has been to put people at the heart of our design process and provide a world-class environment for patients, staff and visitors.'

Pontefract is scheduled to open by 2009 at the latest, while Pinderfields will be completed by the end of the decade.

Other members of the design team include clinical strategist Rawlinson Kelly Whittlestone, civil and structural engineer White Young Green and mechanical and electrical engineer Buro Happold.

by Clive Walker

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