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The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, soon to be the largest medical facility in the UK, will transform care in Northern England.

The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will bring together an inspirational environment with complex clinical and technical criteria for a world-class facility. The design will be a contemporary landmark within an existing master plan that will reconnect, engage with and enhance its local community and its broader city context.

The 94,000-square-metre hospital will replace the existing 1970s facility in central Liverpool and will include 650 single ensuite rooms, including 40 critical care beds and 81 emergency assessment beds. There will be 19 operating theatres (including robotic and hybrid theatres), making it Liverpool’s main accident and emergency centre for treating major trauma. Services include cardiology, respiratory care and general surgery together with regional and national specialist services in renal dialysis, endoscopy, ophthalmology, haematology and vascular surgery.

Circulation Diagram

A single hub of public circulation at the centre of the building includes lifts and a spine linking the north and south entrances to blocks of clinical space clustered around the hub at each level. This enables extremely short travel distances from the entrances to a central hub and through the use of glazing leads to simple “line of sight” way finding to all clinical destinations.

Clinical staff and facilities management circulation are located at the outer extremities, separating their flows from the central circulation core to ensure minimal crossover between patients/visitors, clinical staff and facilities management.


The building design maximises natural daylight, minimises energy operating costs and endorses the appropriate use of the latest technologies for sustainable construction and operating the hospital. The scheme scored an ‘Excellent’ Rating under the BREEAM Healthcare 2011 scheme.

Awards and Publications


Architects for Health Design Award, Future Project
Building Better Healthcare Award, Highly Commended, Best Design Category


Building, “Carillion's £335m Liverpool hospital wins planning,” 19 September 2013