Leeds’ £600m Hospitals Of The Future

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has named the five teams shortlisted in its contest for a £600 million pair of new sustainable hospitals

The finalists are: AJ100 big-hitter BDP; London and Århus-based CF Møller Architects; HOK; NBBJ; and Penoyre & Prasad with Danish stars Schmidt Hammer Lassen, who are both now part of US giant Perkins&Will.

The five bidders will now be asked to further consider the trust’s requirements and set out their detailed delivery approaches, including how they plan to engage with patients and staff on the design of the new hospitals.

The ‘experienced and innovative healthcare-focused design team’ selected for the estimated £9.5 million contract will design and deliver two new hospitals on the site of the Leeds General Infirmary in the centre of the West Yorkshire city.


The 94,000m² project, planned to complete in 2025, will deliver a new ‘state-of-the-art’ hospital for adult healthcare and a purpose-built new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital on the prominent healthcare campus next to Leeds University.

The development is first of six major hospital projects to receive funding as part of the £2.7 billion initial wave of the UK government’s Health Infrastructure Plan.


Simon Worthington, the trust’s director of finance, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce the shortlist for this next stage of the tender process. We have been encouraged by the strength of the candidates and look forward to exploring their skills, knowledge and experience further in the next few weeks.’

The Leeds General Infirmary is a large teaching hospital, originally founded in 1711, featuring a mix of 19th century buildings designed by George Gilbert Scott and various 20th century buildings across a large city-centre campus.

The latest project will create a new adult hospital and children’s hospital on a prominent site in the north-east corner of the healthcare campus, which is currently occupied by several soon-to-be-demolished buildings including a nurses’ home.


Proposals for the two new hospitals must ‘deliver innovative healthcare in an environment that is uplifting and comforting for patients and an inspiring place to work’. Designs will be expected to harness modern methods of construction and smart building technology, and to also support the trust in meeting its ambitious target to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

The Shortlist

Architect/Lead Designer

  • BDP
  • CF Moller Denmark
  • HOK International
  • NBBJ
  • Penoyre & Prasad/Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Mechanical and Electrical Designer (including sustainability and digital)

  • Hoare Lea
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Ove Arup and Partners
  • Ramboll UK
  • WSP UK

Civil and Structural Designer

  • BDP
  • Curtins Consulting
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Ove Arup and Partners
  • WSP UK


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