Royal Victoria Building takes important step

The new £43.6m Royal Victoria building has taken an important step forward after it was granted planning permission today (07/04/2010).

The project was given the green light by City of Edinburgh Council and will now be submitted to the Scottish Government for final approval.

It means that the building, designed specially to meet the needs of elderly, rheumatology, and dermatology patients, is reaching the final phases.

Jackie Sansbury, Director of Strategic Planning and Modernisation, said:

"This is an important milestone for the new Royal Victoria building and means we are a step closer to providing a state-of-the-art facility.
"A great deal of work has gone into the planning of this new facility with patients, carers and staff. It means the facility is moving towards becoming a reality."

The planned new facility would be built on the site of the Paderewski Building in the Western General Hospital site, adjacent to the current hospital if approved by the Scottish Government.

It is intended to provide medical services for patients aged 65 and over, rheumatology and dermatology. It would also include in-patient services as well as the medical day hospital.

It has been designed to provide the highest quality healthcare services in a modern setting and would consist of 100 per cent single rooms to promote privacy and dignity.

The building, due to be completed in 2012, is now in the final phases of the three-part process.

The initial agreement was first granted in January 2006, before the outline business case was approved in 2008, subject to planning permission.

The full business case was approved in February on the same conditions by NHS Lothian and will now be submitted to the Scottish Government's Capital Investment Group (CIG), which gives final approval on major projects for the NHS north of the Border.

A new decked car park is due to be completed over the next few weeks to provide parking for patients, relatives and visitors. However the lower deck, which provides 100 spaces, has already opened.

Preparations have also begun for the demolition of the Paderewski Building before construction work can begin.