The redevelopment of three hospitals managed by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) has been the focus of debate over the past few months, as plans were revealed to favour the redevelopment of three existing hospital sites over a potential new site.
The three sites in question are Watford General Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans Hospital.
It was recently announced that award-winning company BDP has won the contract to redevelop the sites.
Together the architect-led design team will draw on a wide range of in-house experts to provide help and support.
BDP are no stranger to hospital developments and have been involved in a number of healthcare projects spanning over six decades.
The developments include the recent NHS Nightingale projects, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Grange University Hospital in Wales.
Duane Passman, the trust’s acute redevelopment programme director, said: “Not only have BDP created hospital buildings that look stunning, their focus on getting the design right for patients – down to the tiniest detail – impressed us.
“We are also assured by their experience of developing new hospital buildings on existing sites and we are confident that they understand the importance of minimising disruption, keeping sites safe and making sure that services can continue to run as normal.”
Paul Johnson, BDP project director, said: “On behalf of BDP, my colleague Neil Cadenhead and myself are delighted to have been selected to design this redevelopment project for WHHT supported by our multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, landscape designers and town planners.
“We look forward to a successful and creative partnership with the many WHHT colleagues who will be involved in the project. We are absolutely confident that the resulting estate will be something that we, the trust and the people of Hertfordshire will be justifiably proud of.”
A presentation of their hospital buildings can be viewed here under ‘design’.