Bradford Royal Infirmary
A much-needed £1.8m makeover of one of Bradford’s most well-known hospital buildings – the Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary – is well underway.
Located on Smith Lane, the five-storey building is being transformed to improve facilities for patients. The work is thanks in part to investment by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The unit was built more than half a century ago and over 200,000 babies have been born there in the time since. The revamp will look to improve patient comfort, make the building more energy efficient and give it an attractive new look. As well as making it fit for purpose, the makeover will protect it from bad weather and fix issues with heat loss, draughts, noise and leaks. This will in turn allow the Foundation Trust to conserve energy and cut costs.
Janet Wright, Clinical Director for Women’s and Children at the Trust, said:
“The refurbishment will bring a host of benefits to our patients and staff, particularly as the weather gets colder during the winter months. We want to make the unit – which welcomes mums, babies and their families, as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
“The original maternity block was built in the 1960s and is definitely looking its age. Despite this, the building and the services run from within hold a special place in the affections of local people. This investment is intended to bring it into the 21st century.”
The refit will include new better insulated windows, refurbishment of the roof and weatherproof insulated cladding panels will be fixed to the outside of the building. The cladding – Rockpanel FS-Xtra – is made from the latest ultimate fireproof materials and goes beyond British regulatory standards and checks for fire safety. It also meets European fire safety standards.
Work on the project began at the beginning of the year and is expected to last 40 weeks. The unit is continuing to operate as normal while work is carried out, albeit at certain times there may be some reductions to its capacity.
This investment in the maternity unit is part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s £75m capital build programme to improve patient care over a five-year period. This includes a new £28m wing at Bradford Royal Infirmary.