Blackpool Victoria Hospital unveils plans for new three-storey facility

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Along with a laundry facility, the building will house storage, office space and staff areas


Designs drawn up by Gilling Dod architects for Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Designs drawn up by Gilling Dod architects for Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital bosses have unveiled plans to build a new laundry facility on the site off East Park Drive.

The new three-storey building is earmarked for a currently unused area close to the mortuary, currently occupied by a service road and a fenced off compound.

It is proposed to demolish the existing outdated laundry building, close to the Whinney Heys Road entrance to the hospital site, and replace it with a 76-space staff car park.

Designs drawn up by Gilling Dod architects have now been submitted to Blackpool Council for consideration.

The building will also provide storage and office space, a meeting room and staff refreshment and relaxation areas. It is also proposed to provide a new medical records scanning and storage facility.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The ground floor level of the new laundry building will provide means for the hospital to receive and store new clean hospital linen prior to onward distribution throughout the hospital, as well the storage and despatch of dirty hospital linen.”

It adds: “Once the new laundry building has been completed and occupied, the existing laundry will be no longer of use and due to its current poor material state it is proposed that it will be demolished.

“Once demolished, the opportunity will be taken due to its prominent location next to the hospital main entrance and multi-storey car park, to provide a new surface level car park for the use of hospital staff.”

The application will now go to town hall planners for a decision to be made.