Posted on Friday 14 September 2018 by John Mulgrew

Children hosp

A new £250m children’s hospital for Belfast has taken a step forward after plans were submitted for the 10-storey building, Ulster Business can reveal.

The new hospital, which will be located at the Royal Victoria Hospital, was first announced back in 2013.

Now, a full planning application shows how the new hospital will look, and what the development – which includes the demolition of Bostock House – will include.

It’s due to feature a green facade, which those behind the design say “suggests healing, nurtures relaxation, and promotes security...”

A design and access statement says the children’s hospital will consist of 10 storeys of “clinical and support accommodation (administration spaces, staff areas, facilities management and ancillary spaces), with roof top plant”.

“The new building brings together regional paediatric facilities for Northern Ireland in a state-of-the-art healthcare facility.”

The detailed plans have been submitted by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with planning consultant Aecom working alongside Aecom's architects, and Isherwood & Ellis.

Speaking about the design of the interior, it says “striking a balance between a less clinical feel, without compromising hygiene or clinical standards has been the focus of the interior design of the inpatient bedrooms”.

“Some patients will spend weeks or even months in these spaces, and the comfort of these patients is of utmost importance. Natural light, neutral colour schemes, comfortable furniture, and technology all play a part in making these rooms as conducive to patient well-being as possible.

“The way-finding and the interior design are one and the same-clear colour schemes and graphics are used to minimise the use of signage and text, and allow the building itself to guide users to their destination.”

It says that each level will have a “distinct theme” and each department a “logo” which will “influence the signage, colour schemes, graphics and furniture, making it simple for users to orientate themselves within the building".

“The central atrium will be the heart of the building – an obvious way to find a route to anywhere else in the building, and a destination to return to.”

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