Saturday 28 January 2012

New RSC Hospital gets planning go-ahead

Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning committee has today unanimously approved a £420m redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton.

Main components of the scheme are a central block shaped like a letter ‘W’ rising to 12 storeys, plus a five-storey building to the west, mainly housing a new cancer centre.

The existing Thomas Kemp Tower will have a helicopter pad added. An unusual feature will be the dismantling and re-siting of a grade 2 listed hospital chapel.

The old main hospital buildings dating from 1826 will be demolished as they have become unsuitable for delivering modern medicine.

The development will bring £550,000 worth of public transport improvements plus a roof garden on the lower new building, open to patients and the public. The development will provide modern wards, expand the neurosciences centre and create a Major Trauma Centre for the region. There will be 100 additional beds, the Sussex Cancer Centre will be rebuilt and there will be an expansion of teaching facilities. It will provide the cutting edge health facilities that our city deserves.

Some 390 parking spaces will be available to patients and visitors. Currently limited parking on site is mostly taken up by staff, leaving a shortage.

New buildings will reach national ‘excellent’ environmental standards. The entire project will take around 10 years to complete. Work will be undertaken in phases to ensure continuity of service.

From a Council press release

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