See how Sunderland's Monkwearmouth Hospital could look as work begins on the redevelopment

Works to demolish and rebuild Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland have begun as a new image shows what the new hospital could look like.

The refusal was made against a backdrop of opposition from many living near the hospital, amid fears about the loss of heritage, impacts on privacy and noise and traffic.

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The redevelopment image shows what the new front entrance and the three storey office building could look like.

Monkwearmouth Development Ltd – a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Limited and Argon Property Development Solutions Limited – has now been awarded the final phases of the Hospital.

The Hospital is set to provide services to the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England.

Plans for the site include demolishing the main hospital building and two blocks adjacent to Elizabeth Street to make way for a new ‘fit-for-purpose’ clinical office development.

Demolishing plans for of Monkwearmouth Hospital.
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This includes cellular offices, flexible workspace and breakout areas together with an ancillary café that will be open to staff and the public and a replacement 46-space car park.

The development proposals also include level access and a landscaped piazza area and memorial garden; transforming the existing parking area that fronts onto Newcastle Road.

A new image released shows what the new front entrance and the three storey office building could look like once completed in 2024.

Monkwearmouth Hospital.
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David Peck from Monkwearmouth Development LTD, said: "We're delighted to be delivering state of the art spaces and facilities for the NHS to support its work in providing key mental health services to the communities in the north of England.”

David Hosken, Project Director at SRMCV, added: “We are immensely proud of the planned development, which will provide key workers with the spaces that are essential to the incredible work they are doing. We’re looking forward to seeing the new building shape up in the months ahead.

"This fantastic project allows us to continue to build on our successes working alongside NHS Trusts to deliver developments with positive outcomes for the people who will use them.”