COMMERCE: Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has unveiled plans for its private hospital, hotel and education complex on its Addenbrooke’s Hospital site.
The Forum Cambridge, which will include an integrated education centre, private hospital and four-star hotel with conference facilities and car parking, is a joint venture between the trust and the developer John Laing.
A public consultation is due to take place in December and a planning application is expected to be submitted to Cambridge City Council in early 2014.
The prestigious trust will get an annual income and a share of the profits over the life of the contract, which it says will be put towards the delivery of patient care at its two hospitals.
It estimates the development will create more than 300 construction jobs and more than 500 jobs.
Trust chief executive Keith McNeil said: “The Forum is a key component of the strategic plan for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus [where the complex will be located].
“It will provide a great opportunity for clinicians and research professionals from Cambridge and around the globe to collaborate on innovative research and practices.
“We are very optimistic that it will prove to be a great success not only for the Trust and its patients, but for Cambridge and UK plc as well.”
Peter Ward, director of healthcare projects at John Laing said: “All the different elements of the Forum are designed to work efficiently with each other and remove barriers to collaboration.
“By co-locating, co-operating and sharing resources and expertise, all the parts of the development will come together in a ‘Forum’ where leading clinicians and academics work together to set new standards of excellence and innovation in healthcare.”
The Forum Cambridge was original granted planning permission in 2009, but some aspects of the proposed development have since changed.