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11 April, 2022 - 00:42 By Tony Quested

Fresh momentum for groundbreaking children’s hospital in Cambridge

Further progress has been made in the ongoing campaign to develop the new Cambridge Children’s Hospital at the biomedical campus; it will sit opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital on Robinson’s Way.

Planning permission was recently granted for its early external designs and floor plans.

The hospital will care for children and young people from across the whole region – Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and also nationally and internationally as a ‘hospital without walls’. 

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

The facility will have an estimated total footprint of around 35,000 sq m, including research space of 5,000 sq m.

Work continues on developing the Outline Business Case, which has to be approved by NHSE/I and the Department of Health, and on a fundraising campaign. 

An international design team, comprised of experts from Turner & Townsend, Hawkins\Brown, White Arkitekter, Ramboll and MJ Medical, with support from planning consultants Bidwells, has been engaging with staff from across the partner organisations about how the hospital should work. 

Members of Cambridge Children’s Network, which is made up of children, young people, parents and carers from across the region, have also been instrumental in helping shape how the facility might look and feel in these early designs.

The environmental impact of CCH has been a major consideration in the development of these plans. Cambridge Children’s Hospital aims to be an exemplar in sustainability as part of its role in providing a safer future for all. 

The hospital will include as many outdoors spaces as possible, including gardens, courtyards and terraces to provide access to nature and spaces for play and relaxation that support biodiversity and wildlife. The main hospital building will itself be enclosed within a wide landscaped green perimeter that recreates the feel of a summer meadow. 

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