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Southmead Hospital

  • Southmead Hospital
  • Southmead Hospital
  • Southmead Hospital

Categories: Transport Assessment, Junction Design, Car Park Design, Swept Path Analysis
Client: Carillion
Project Date: 2007 - 2015
Contact: Roger Key
Location: Bristol

Key Transport Consultants (KTC) were appointed as Transport Planning Consultants to Carillion Health to support their Private Finance Initiative bid for a new 90,000sq.m/800 bed acute hospital. The project saw around a £500 million investment in the site from North Bristol NHS Trust. 

KTC provided all the transport advice to Carillion throughout the Competitive Dialogue process and for inclusion in their final bid.  This work included the development of a masterplan providing a range of supporting information in close liaison with Carillion along with architects BDP, planning consultant CSJ and landscape architect Cooper Partnership. The close working relationship between all of the various professional teams allowed the masterplan to evolve quickly and efficiently towards an outstanding solution for the sites’ redevelopment.

The Southmead Hospital site is set within a densely populated area in north Bristol. KTC drew up a range of improvement options for roads and junctions adjacent to the site and provided the team with access strategies within the hospital site for public transport, emergency vehicles, staff, visitors and patients.  KTC had to balance the access needs of a wide range of end users with the need to prioritise ’blue light’ emergency vehicle movements. This complex pattern of movements within the site had to be accommodated without detriment to the urban design.

In March 2009 North Bristol NHS Trust announced Carillion as the front runner to design and build the new super hospital in Southmead.  Following the relevant approvals work commenced on preparing the planning application for the development which was submitted in July 2009. The new state-of-the-art 800-bed hospital should open its doors to its first patients in 2013/14. 

The work for the planning application included the provision of traffic and transport planning advice in refining the masterplan, preparation of a Transport Statement and assessment of the construction traffic impacts. We also prepared detailed 1:500 highway layouts for the internal road network advised on parking layouts.  

Planning consent was granted in October 2009 and the related legal agreements were completed in February 2010.

Following opening of the hospital in 2014, KTC has continued to provide advice on transport issues at the hospital.