Monklands Hospital layout and transportation plans shared in consultation

New details of the design and plans for the Monklands Hospital replacement have been shared as part of this month’s online public consultation on NHS Lanarkshire’s proposals for the Wester Moffat facility.

A dedicated website presents the layout of the services and the “village concept” design of the hospital, as well as information on the new road and pedestrian accesses to the 142-hectare agricultural site.

Designers and health board officials have called the Monklands replacement project an “exciting and positive vision” and “a major investment in Lanarkshire’s hospital estate”.

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The consultation website shows how the expanded ground floor of the hospital would consolidate vital services, including emergency, radiology, outpatient care, cancer care and radiotherapy, alongside the center of state-of-the-art operational command and entrances and circulation area.

It points to three additional levels to the building, respectively housing specialties such as elderly care, dialysis, and infectious diseases on the lowest floor; cardiology, respirator, nephrology, otolaryngology plus operating theaters on the first floor; and hematology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, urology and medicine at the highest level.

A diagram of the proposed ground floor layout of the new Monklands Hospital
A diagram of the proposed ground floor layout of the new Monklands Hospital

The neighborhoods are laid out in an arc of buildings shaped and positioned to “take advantage of the site’s opportunities”, including its wooded setting and North Calder water views, with the aim of “drawing the landscape into the building”.

Participants in the online consultation are informed: “The concept of Monklands University Hospital is based on a series of regular green spaces linked by the main pedestrian street – it is the backbone of the building, punctuated by side streets and of departments and lit by daylight from glazed open spaces.

“It will support the clinical model required [and its] the ambition to shift care from inpatient treatment to day, outpatient and community care; develop pan-Lanarkshire centers of excellence; and meet the healthcare needs of the whole of West Scotland.

“An important aspect of the design is anticipation of future building expansion – the facility should be designed to allow for future adaptation and expansion or reconfiguration of services for a growing, aging and changing population.”

The hospital will be accessible via the new East Airdrie Link Road
The hospital will be accessible via the new East Airdrie Link Road

Development teams are currently working with North Lanarkshire Council on the provision of the East Airdrie Link Road which will be the main access to the hospital, saying: ‘The site boundary has been sized to allow for the possibility that a section of the road is delivered as part of the project if required.

Visitors and staff will have “increased parking supply compared to the current hospital”, and there will be a dedicated public transport landing stage with NHS Lanarkshire in conjunction with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to “ensure that the frequency of bus services to Lanarkshire communities will be as good as or better than the current existing hospital services”.

A pedestrian and cycle route will be provided from Towers Road and Drumgelloch Station along the existing nature trail, with the environment being an important consideration in the design and construction.

The consultation information states: “The landscape will provide patients with high quality spaces suitable for a modern healthcare facility.

“A vast space in front of the hospital will be developed for natural recreation [and] large amounts of tree plantations are planned to be introduced to reduce the apparent scale of development.

“The new hospital will be the first in Scotland to be designed from the outset to be net zero for the construction and operation phases, meaning it will not contribute to carbon emissions.”

Live consultation events will take place in line March 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and March 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Comments should be submitted by 29 March by emailing [email protected], calling 01698 752 320 or posting comments to Freepost RTEJ-HZLK-AETZ, Dept. of Communications, NHS Lanarkshire, Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BB.

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