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Sheppard Robson unveils 'Hospital Corridor in the Sky'

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AJ100 practice Sheppard Robson has revealed designs for a 130m-long bridge linking Manchester Royal Infirmary with a proposed new helipad on the nearby Grafton Street car park 

The scheme, dubbed the ‘Hospital Corridor in the Sky’, will be suspended 12m above street-level and be clad in reflective, faceted metal panels.

Backed by developer Bruntwood and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the link will have a longest single span of 40m and has been designed to ’integrate into the skyline while also being animated by the changing quality of light’.

Fundraising is already underway for the new helipad on top of the recently completed, 14-storey car park, which was also designed by Sheppard Robson. Patients currently arriving by helicopter have to land almost a mile away from the hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) facilities. 

Tony O’Brien, partner at Sheppard Robson said: ’Given the project’s location - within an estate of listed buildings and ambitious new major architectural projects - it was clear that there was a drive to create something of real architectural quality.

‘We wanted the design to have an iridescent, shimmering quality that had a distinctive geometric form, but also reflected and was embedded within its environment.’

The scheme is expected to start in early 2017 and complete later that year.

Project data

Location – Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
Type of project - Healthcare
Client – Bruntwood / Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Architect – Sheppard Robson
Planning consultant - Deloitte
Structural engineer – Hill Cannon
Quantity surveyor - Sweett Group
Expected completion date - late 2017

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