The well-known Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is due to receive an energy-efficient makeover.
The unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary has seen thousands of babies come into the world since it was first built in 1965, but the building is in need of a refresh that will not only give it an attractive new look, but also help to cut heating costs.
Planning permission was recently obtained for the work, which will be carried out with North West-based Property Tectonics, a property and construction firm that works with major clients in the NHS.
The £1.8 million project is set to begin in spring next year, and the work is due to last for around nine months. The refit will see new cladding to all faces of the five-storey building, replacement energy efficient window installations and refurbishment of the roof.
As well as addressing issues with heat loss, draughts, noise and leaks, the work will allow the hospital to conserve energy and cut costs.
Architect and Director at Property Tectonics, Tim Dale, commented: “The Womens & Newborn Unit at the hospital is a very prominent building, and this is set to be a very exciting project that will not only provide it with a brand new image, but also bring some considerable improvements in terms of energy efficiency. Obviously a building that welcomes mothers, babies and their families needs to be a comfortable and welcoming as possible, and we’re delighted to be playing a part in the future of the unit.”
Shane Embleton, Programme Manager of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The exciting cladding proposals, using a mixture of bold colours, were chosen by the staff at the Trust and this work will give one of our major landmarks a welcome facelift. We are very pleased to be working with Property Tectonics on this project and look forward to a successful outcome.”