News 08.10.2020

Gillespies part of team delivering ambitious North Manchester General Hospital vision

Gillespies is delighted to be part of the Sheppard Robson-led team, working on the ambitious plans to transform the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site, which is set to benefit from £54m of government funding.

Planned as one of the most ambitious healthcare redevelopments in the region, Gillespies are the project landscape architect for the entire site, crafting an ambitious landscape vision and design solutions where access to nature and the natural environment is a key ingredient to directly improve healthcare outcomes for patients and the local community.

We are supporting Manchester City Council, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s vision to create a high quality and sustainable campus at NMGH, delivering a natural, open, accessible and therapeutic environment that fosters wellness and healthy living, and that attractively re-imagines campus identity.

At the heart of this healing campus is the ‘Village Green’ which will be a large publicly accessible civic space for patients, staff, visitors and the local community. This multi-functional space will include landscape interventions ranging from small sensory gardens to larger event spaces, lawns and well-connected spaces that provide a multitude of facilities such as outdoor exercise, multi-use sports courts, play areas and tranquil places for rest, waiting and recuperation.

Manchester and the NHS Trust have ambitious targets to be highly sustainable and combat climate change. These aspirations are supported by the whole design team and will be delivered within and beyond the Village Green through biodiverse planting, new cycle routes and the incorporation of swales, attenuation ponds and rain gardens. The landscape-led approach extends into the architecture of the new hospital where for staff, patients and the public, courtyards will create natural havens for rest, repair and rebuilding mind and body.

The successful £54m funding bid was made through the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP). This is a major national initiative to invest in replacing and improving healthcare facilities.

Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the funding award and its impact on delivery of the hospital site redevelopment:

“We have an ambitious vision to improve health and wellbeing for communities across North Manchester over the next 10 to 15 years. This initial £54m investment will enable the massive rebuilding programme to begin sooner and reduce the overall time it takes to complete. Regeneration of the NMGH site is fundamental to tackling the high levels of ill-health and disability affecting local people, delivering once in a generation, transformational change.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, added: “This is a vital and very welcome step along the road to delivering a transformed North Manchester General Hospital.

“The importance of this project to the city cannot be overstated. Not only will it improve patient care and services but it will also support health and wellbeing in the wider area.”

Gillespies echo these sentiments and are proud to be part of a highly integrated and focused client and design team, who are working together to deliver what will be a truly transformational project with beautiful and well-designed natural landscape at its heart.

Image courtesy of Sheppard Robson.