23 September 2015
Senior staff and fundraisers from Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants gathered at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Tuesday 22 September to mark a crucial milestone in the construction of the Premier Inn Clinical Building, as a Topping Out ceremony was held to mark the moment when the last concrete pour was completed. The new building will form the second part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre.
Work has now begun on the interior of the Premier Inn Clinical Building which is due to open in 2017 and will include a new surgery centre, a respiratory ward and a 16 bed isolation unit for children with dermatology and rheumatology conditions or infectious diseases. Whitbread has pledged to raise £7.5 million towards the state-of-the-art building and so far, they have raised over £5 million towards their target, through a combination of employee fundraising, customer donations, company match funding and corporate events.
The Premier Inn Clinical Building project involves the demolition and redevelopment of the top four floors of the hospital’s outdated Cardiac Wing and during construction:
- 12,500m2 of floor space has been created – enough to almost cover London’s iconic Trafalgar Square
- Approximately 42,000m of scaffolding tube has been used – almost equal to the 26.2 mile distance of the London marathon
- 291 tonnes of steel will be used – the equivalent weight of four fully-laden Boeing 737 aircraft
Simon Ewins, Chief Operating Officer for Premier Inn, said: “We are proud to be raising £7.5 million towards the construction of the Premier Inn Clinical Building, which will have a positive impact for seriously ill children and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital when they need it most.
“We were delighted to celebrate this key milestone today, and see the progress made in the construction of this state-of-the-art new facility. I would like to thank our team members across the country for their dedication and enthusiasm and also all of our guests for their generosity"
Peter Steer, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of the Premier Inn Clinical Building, which will complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre. The new world-class facilities will replace cramped, outdated wards in some of the hospital’s oldest buildings and provide more space, privacy and comfort for our patients and their families and a better environment for our staff. This building would not be possible without help from our generous supporters and I would like to thank them for their continued and invaluable support.”
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, added: “Throughout our partnership, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants team members have shown incredible passion and commitment to making a real difference for the hospital’s young patients and families. We would like to thank everyone at Whitbread Hotel’s & Restaurants for their ongoing support.”
The Topping Out event was celebrated with a traditional Scandinavian ‘flying of the fir’ in which a fir tree was flown over the building by tower crane, as well as a final laying of cement, in a rooftop ceremony.
The new facilities in the Premier Inn Clinical Building will provide much needed space for a parent or carer to stay by the child’s bedside in comfort, more room for children to play and eat together and areas for parents to have some space. The new building will form the second part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre and will connect floor by floor with the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, which opened in 2012. Once complete, it is anticipated that the entire hospital will be able to treat up to 20 per cent more children with the most complex, rare and often life-threatening conditions.
Notes to Editors:
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:
Originally opened in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK; with around 255,000 patient visits a year.
The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise funds to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org
About The Mittal Children’s Medical Centre:
The Mittal Children’s Medical Centre will comprise two buildings – the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building which opened in 2012 and the Premier Inn Clinical Building which will be completed in 2017. The two buildings will be connected floor by floor, allowing the most effective flow of patients and staff between similar facilities.
The new Premier Inn Clinical Building, due to open in 2017 will see the top four floors of the hospital’s outdated Cardiac Wing demolished and redeveloped. It will include a new surgery centre, a respiratory ward and a 16 bed isolation unit for children with dermatology and rheumatology conditions or infectious diseases. The new facilities will provide much needed space for a parent or carer to stay by the child’s bedside overnight, more room for children to play and eat together and areas for parents to have a break.
About Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants:
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants run Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn, as well as Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Whitbread Inns and Taybarns. They announced Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as their nominated charity in May 2012. Over £5m towards their £7.5m target has already been raised.
Skanska, established in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. The UK operation is one of the country’s top contractors.
Skanska is completely redeveloping a large clinical building at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children to create the Premier Inn Clinical Building and complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre.
As main contractor, Skanska will design, construct and fit-out the building, to provide 116 beds, two integrated operating theatres and a post-anaesthesia care unit.