Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the largest NHS Trusts and providers of specialist hospital services in the country. The plans to build two new hospitals in Leeds is one of the most important developments in the city for a generation – and will bring positive improvements in healthcare for in the region as well as be the catalyst for a new innovation village.
The Innovation Village is a one of the most exciting UK investment opportunities for health and innovation. It will be born out of five hectares of land and existing buildings, unlocked by the building of two new hospitals to develop a world-class hub for research, innovation and technology in health and life sciences.
The Grade II* listed Old Medical School will be the first building to become available for redevelopment in the first quarter of 2024 when it is vacated upon the completion of the Trust’s new Pathology Laboratory at St James’ University Hospital.
Hospitals of the Future
Leeds Teaching Hospitals is building two new hospitals - a new adults’ hospital and a new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital as well as the UK’s largest single site maternity centre - in one building at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI). As one of the largest providers of specialist hospital services in the country, the new hospitals will go beyond the delivery of excellent patient care for the people of Leeds and will improve the lives of those both regionally and nationally.
The Trust has appointed architects Perkins & Will and the new hospitals design is currently going through a period of engagement with patients, staff and stakeholders. Work has almost finished to clear the site at LGI where the two new hospitals will be built.
Levelling-up Leeds through innovation
An independent report conducted by PWC estimates that the whole site redevelopment will deliver 3,000 new jobs and up to £11.2bn economic boost for the region - positively supporting the Government’s “levelling-up” agenda.
Innovation Pop Up
Designed on the advice of Florence Nightingale and architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, the Leeds General Infirmary was the world’s first civic hospital when it opened in 1869. It delivered national and international breakthroughs, including the UK’s first kidney and hand transplants and the birth of modern emergency medicine, but now the Grade I listed Gilbert Scott Building is home to a growing community of high-tech start-ups led by clinicians and entrepreneurs focused on advancing modern medicine once again.
The Innovation Pop Up supports health innovation adoption, translation and ideation from an NHS setting. Since its launch in September 2021, the pop up located in the Gilbert Scott Building has worked with 150 companies across 15 countries including Israel, Norway, Spain, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the USA and Taiwan. It is the first phase in establishing an Innovation Village at LGI and is a valuable test bed for new innovations, technologies and ways of working before they are implemented in the new hospitals.
In February 2022, the Innovation Pop Up was awarded the research and innovation category in the Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science Awards, which champions ground-breaking translational scientific work and strong collaborations for innovation and enterprise to make a real difference in patient care.