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15/10/2021

Cambridge Children’s Hospital takes baby step

Words: Huw Morris
Child sleeping in hospital

Cambridge Children’s Hospital has submitted a reserved matters planning application for the early designs for a state-of-the-art scheme

Built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the hospital will be the region’s first dedicated children’s hospital, caring for children and young people from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital aims to be a state-of-the-art facility designed to take care of the whole child and not just their illness by embedding genomic and psychological research alongside clinical expertise in physical and mental health. Research findings will be shared with international hospitals and institutions with the aim of benefiting as many young people as possible.

With an estimated total footprint of around 36,000 square metres, including 5,000 square metres of research space, the early designs and floor plans aim to give an early indication of how the hospital might look when it opens in 2025. The plans also include details of possible future development for the hospital beyond 2025.

The hospital also aims to be an exemplar in sustainability and will include as many outdoors spaces as possible, including gardens, courtyards and terraces to provide access to nature and support biodiversity. The main hospital building will be enclosed within a wide landscaped green perimeter.

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