Central Manchester Hospitals represents one of Stantec’s most challenging and rewarding healthcare projects. When the designers first visited the campus they found a series of separate hospitals that had suffered from a century’s worth of ill-conceived piecemeal developments. A major factor in the success of this scheme was Stantec’s strong master plan, which has restored clarity to the site.
The ambitious scheme co-locates four new hospitals – adult, eye, women’s and children’s – under a single unifying roof. Each hospital has its own entrance, sky lit reception, and outpatient facilities. Additionally, there are two mental health centres, eight ancillary buildings, and the retention of a historic Grade II listed Victorian frontage. The campus is organised by a central landscaped boulevard – one of the largest green spaces in Manchester.
Manchester continues its tradition of medical advancements with the inclusion of a state of the art research centre. It is favourably located on the upper floors of the main hospital’s building to promote bench-to-bedside research.
What makes Central Manchester Hospitals all the more remarkable is that it was constructed on a busy live urban campus.