Our development plans for Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is progressing a development plan to improve health services at our hospitals in Huddersfield and Calderdale.

We are immensely proud of the healthcare services at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) which serve people across Calderdale and Huddersfield. We want to ensure our hospital is equipped to meet the high standard we set for quality, safety and experience for all patients. The draft proposals for a new hospital building are designed to improve clinical outcomes and deliver improved care for our patients.

This once-in-a-generation investment will improve healthcare services for residents across Calderdale and the wider region whilst also delivering a range of additional outcomes which will benefit society.

Please read through the below information about the draft proposals for CRH. 

Update: Our survey closed on Monday 29th March 2021 and we are currently analysing feedback. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments – we will ensure all your feedback is considered before any planning applications are submitted. At that stage there will be further opportunity to view the final schemes and submit comments directly to the planning authority.

If you have any further questions or would like to get in touch please contact us at: hello@chftfutureplans.co.uk.
The hospital building

To support this investment there are a number of estate developments needed at the CRH site. 

These developments will improve service delivery, provide improved clinical facilities and patient safety, and will enable compliance with national recommendations for estate and clinical service delivery. This will deliver benefits for all people across Calderdale and Huddersfield as well as the wider region.

The new 30,000m2 hospital building and related estate developments include:

  • a new A&E department;
  • a paediatric A&E department; 
  • additional theatre capacity; and
  • a further ten inpatient wards.

The proposed developments will:

  • Facilitate patient-centred care;
  • Deliver attractive buildings and surroundings;
  • Support delivery of leading-edge clinical services;
  • Provide therapeutic environments to aid recovery;
  • Not impact the current access/egress points into the site;
  • Provide exceptional working environment to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce; and
  • Be operationally and environmentally sustainable including BREEAM certification, supporting the Trust on its journey towards Net Zero Carbon.

Travel and transport

The Trust recognises there is a need to improve sustainable access to CRH. 

An Estate-wide Sustainable Travel Plan that promotes access to both CRH and HRI by sustainable modes of transport including cycling, walking and public transport has been developed. Provision of enhanced cycle facilities, including cycle parking and showers, are proposed at CRH.

To facilitate the expansion of service provision at CRH, the Trust has developed a Parking Strategy for the estate which includes a new car park that will act as the primary location for future parking provision at CRH. The need for this is two-fold:

  1. to address the current pressure and issues caused by the lack of spaces and the physical layout and location of those spaces; and
  2. to support the future strategic operations of the hospital which includes the additional services to be delivered at the CRH site.

Our focus for the car park centres around the following key points:

  • High-quality and sensitive design response to setting in the townscape;
  • A similar scale and height to the existing main hospital buildings;
  • Retaining existing protected trees near the main hospital entrance; and positioning the car park as far back from the site boundary as possible.
  • Supporting sustainability through the provision of electric vehicle (EV) charging points and infrastructure.


Current status of the design

The detailed design and appearance of the two proposals at CRH have not yet been confirmed.

Your input will be considered alongside other partners/stakeholders and statutory consultees and will be used to inform the design development discussions at this stage of the process and will also play a key part in the detailed design development at future stages. 

Once we have reviewed feedback on the design of the two proposals at CRH, we will outline how these views have informed the final designs in a ‘Design and Access Statement’, which will be submitted with the planning applications.


Development locations

The reconfiguration plans require a new, fully integrated, purpose-built hospital building. In order to free up land to facilitate the new building and meet the additional demands the additional staff, patient and visitor numbers on the site, there is also a need to increase parking provisions on the site. 

There are very limited options to accommodate new development, which is restricted to the existing surface car parks and smaller buildings that could feasibly be decommissioned and re-accommodated in existing buildings or the new hospital building without impacting on the operational needs of the hospital.

These development site options are set out on the below plan:

The existing A&E Car Park (Area 2) has been discounted as a future development location due to the operational requirements of this part of the hospital site. Development of this area would mean that the A&E Department would need to close for the duration of the construction period.

The size of the new hospital building and the need to link with existing accommodation means that the only area that is able to accommodate such a large building would be to the south of the site (Area 3). The existing departments located within the building to be decommissioned will be re-accommodated. The only remaining location to accommodate additional car park provision is on the Main Entrance Car Park, located off Dryclough Lane (Area 1). 

As well as enabling the design of a development of scale appropriate to its context, selection of the preferred location for the new hospital building has been guided by a number of key functional requirements including the following:

  • Maintenance of uninterrupted pedestrian and ‘blue light’ access to the hospital’s existing accident and emergency department during construction;
  • Establishment of links between the new development and the existing main hospital facility at all floor levels in each, in order to:
    • Ensure new and existing clinical departments can work best together;
    • Optimise patient, staff, and visitor circulation around the building;
    • Avoid undue reliance on lifts;
  • Improve fire safety and access.
  • Provision of a development incorporating floorplates each capable of accommodating, at the appropriate floor level, those facilities required to be co-located on a single floor whilst also offering optimum opportunity for future reconfiguration – a ‘long life, loose fit’ solution.
  • Optimise opportunities for the provision of natural light into permanently occupied patient/ staff areas as well as those facilities where natural light is required for reasons of clinical functionality.

Locational and physical considerations

A number of key locational and physical considerations that have been identified as key drivers in informing future development parameters which are key principles for the development proposals, including.

TownscapeEnsuring, through appropriate design that the hospital site continues to provide a positive landmark within local and distant views.

TopographyFrom Huddersfield Road / Dryclough Lane the estate is elevated, and the main hospital is very visible on the north elevation. The need to respond with a high-quality design response and to use soft landscaping including trees to mitigate impact of new development in this location.

Trees Where possible to seek to retain existing trees where they provide amenity value contributing both to the character of the Conservation Area and the wider hospital campus.

Where trees are necessary to be removed to enable development, seek alternative locations for new tree planting within CRH estate through new landscaping to support the development proposals.

HeritageDue regards must be given to Skircoat Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal including key views and the original hospital buildings.

The siting and design treatment of new developments is key to mitigating the overall impact on the character of the Conservation Area.

Air QualityThe need to promote and improve sustainable access to CRH, whilst balancing the need to improve and rationalise existing and future parking provision to meet the operational demands of the hospital post-reconfiguration.

Access and key movementsExisting pedestrian and cycle access and routeways to and through the estate to be maintained and improved.
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