University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

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What is Project STAR?

Project STAR is the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust's renewal project to improve health services locally and to help redevelop this part of Stoke.


An update on the old Royal Infirmary site

January 2021 - Demolition begins

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has now begun the demolition of the old Royal Infirmary site.

The site has not been used for NHS clinical services since 2012, when the hospital closed and services were transferred to the new Royal Stoke University Hospital. The demolition is the next step in a major programme to transform this part of the city. The Trust’s aim is to sell the redundant site for housing which will help to regenerate of this part of Stoke.

In 2014 UHNM secured outline planning permission for the demolition of old buildings on the Royal Infirmary site and the development of up to 236 new homes, some amenity greenspace and up to 500 square metres of community or retail space. Preparatory safety work has been under way for some months and on 26th January full demolition works began.

Lorraine Whitehead, Director of Estates at UHNM, said: "We are very pleased this project is now fully underway. This is about much more than just demolishing dilapidated buildings. By selling surplus land that is no longer needed for clinical services, we are part of a local effort to regenerate this part of Stoke. In addition, the money raised from the land sale will be used to improve NHS facilities for local people."

Both the Royal Infirmary site and the COPD site continue to be used for staff car parking. The Trust is now finalising the options on a long-term car parking solution and a more detailed statement on this will be made in the near future when this is available.

We will be doing everything we can to minimise local disruption during the process of demolition but if you have any questions about the demolition or the future plans for the old Royal Infirmary site, please raise them here and a member of our team will respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Photographed: UHNM’s Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI, Lorraine Whitehead (left) and Chief Executive, Tracy Bullock (right) at the Royal Infirmary site.




IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE

We would like to remind members of the public that trespassing on the Royal Infirmary or COPD sites is illegal and poses a significant health and safety risk, especially during this demolition phase when heavy equipment will be on site. We would particularly urge parents to ensure that children do not try to enter the site in the coming period.

Thank you for your support and understanding on this issue.



What is Project STAR?

Project STAR is the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust's renewal project to improve health services locally and to help redevelop this part of Stoke.


An update on the old Royal Infirmary site

January 2021 - Demolition begins

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has now begun the demolition of the old Royal Infirmary site.

The site has not been used for NHS clinical services since 2012, when the hospital closed and services were transferred to the new Royal Stoke University Hospital. The demolition is the next step in a major programme to transform this part of the city. The Trust’s aim is to sell the redundant site for housing which will help to regenerate of this part of Stoke.

In 2014 UHNM secured outline planning permission for the demolition of old buildings on the Royal Infirmary site and the development of up to 236 new homes, some amenity greenspace and up to 500 square metres of community or retail space. Preparatory safety work has been under way for some months and on 26th January full demolition works began.

Lorraine Whitehead, Director of Estates at UHNM, said: "We are very pleased this project is now fully underway. This is about much more than just demolishing dilapidated buildings. By selling surplus land that is no longer needed for clinical services, we are part of a local effort to regenerate this part of Stoke. In addition, the money raised from the land sale will be used to improve NHS facilities for local people."

Both the Royal Infirmary site and the COPD site continue to be used for staff car parking. The Trust is now finalising the options on a long-term car parking solution and a more detailed statement on this will be made in the near future when this is available.

We will be doing everything we can to minimise local disruption during the process of demolition but if you have any questions about the demolition or the future plans for the old Royal Infirmary site, please raise them here and a member of our team will respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Photographed: UHNM’s Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI, Lorraine Whitehead (left) and Chief Executive, Tracy Bullock (right) at the Royal Infirmary site.




IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE

We would like to remind members of the public that trespassing on the Royal Infirmary or COPD sites is illegal and poses a significant health and safety risk, especially during this demolition phase when heavy equipment will be on site. We would particularly urge parents to ensure that children do not try to enter the site in the coming period.

Thank you for your support and understanding on this issue.



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    23 Nov 2020

    The Trust is now finalising the Business Case and options appraisal that will inform the final decisions on long-term car parking and a more detailed statement on this will be made early in 2021 once the Business Case has been presented to the Trust Board.

    Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our local Councillors Shaun Pender and Randolph Conteh, along with the leaders of our local Residents Associations for their invaluable help as we try to communicate effectively with local residents. To view the Trust's community communications, please visit this page.

    The Trust is now finalising the Business Case and options appraisal that will inform the final decisions on long-term car parking and a more detailed statement on this will be made early in 2021 once the Business Case has been presented to the Trust Board.

    Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our local Councillors Shaun Pender and Randolph Conteh, along with the leaders of our local Residents Associations for their invaluable help as we try to communicate effectively with local residents. To view the Trust's community communications, please visit this page.