Major milestone at London’s Evelina Children’s Hospital

Morgan Sindall holds topping-out ceremony on site of new day surgery unit

Marian Ridley, director of Evelina London; Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall; Richard Dobson, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction in London; Sir Hugh Taylor, chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; and James O'Brien, director of operations and improvement at Evelina London, are pictured at the topping-out ceremony for the new day unit

Morgan Sindall Construction has celebrated a major milestone in the construction of a new day treatment centre at Evelina London Children’s Hospital with an official ‘topping-out’ ceremony.

The event, which was attended by Florence Eshalomi MP, was held on the roof of the new building, where the MP for Vauxhall and staff working on the project signed the steel frame.

The construction tradition signifies the completion of the actual structure of the facility.

Once completed, the five-storey, multi-use building will house a family-friendly space with everything required for children’s day surgery.

There will also be two new operating theatres to treat an additional 2,300 children a year.

And this will also free up space in existing operating theatres for more-complex cases requiring specialist care and overnight stays.

The centre will boast the latest equipment and child-focused technology to help families with all aspects of their care.

This purpose-built, stand-alone facility will transform the experience of day surgery and routine procedures for many of our children, young people, and their families

As a result, families will wait less time on the day of surgery as pre-surgery checks, operation, recovery, and preparation for going home can all be done in one place, on one day.

The project is being delivered under the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), a quality-managed collaborative construction framework for public bodies to procure major building works using a two-stage ope- book process to deliver best value.

Richard Dobson, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction in London said: “The hospital is already a key provider of children's services in London and our team is extremely pleased to have been appointed to this project, which will support the site and help it to continue fulfilling its important work.

“We are excited to show off some of the progress that has been made so far, as stakeholders can begin to see the project take shape.”

Marian Ridley, hospital director, added: “This is an exciting milestone for our first new building as part of our plans for a bigger, and even better, Evelina London.

“This purpose-built, stand-alone facility will transform the experience of day surgery and routine procedures for many of our children, young people, and their families.

“When a child needs surgery it can be a worrying time for any family. With this in mind, we have designed everything to improve and enhance the experience of children, young people, and their families, and to make their visit as comfortable as possible.”

The building was designed by ADP Architecture and is due to be completed late next year.

It marks the first stage of ambitious plans to develop the existing children’s hospital, with planning permission recently granted for a new hospital building on the site.

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