Green light for Scotland’s first net zero hospital

Artist's impression of Monklands Hospital

PLANNING consent has been granted by North Lanarkshire Council for the build of the new University Hospital Monklands at Wester Moffat in Airdrie.

Laing O’Rourke will lead the build of what will be Scotland’s first fully digital and net zero hospital.

Colin Lauder, NHS Lanarkshire deputy chief executive and director of planning, property, and performance, said, “The new University Hospital Monklands is a hugely significant project with the ambition to be the first hospital in Scotland to be fully digital and net zero carbon.

“The project also brings employment opportunities, through construction and operation, and broader community benefits including skills training, apprenticeships and support for businesses of all sizes.

“The council has approved our proposal for the new hospital to have three surface parking areas and a three-level multi-storey, providing around 2,100 parking spaces in total – double the capacity at the existing University Hospital Monklands.

“The new hospital will have improved transport connections. Bus links for the new site will be equal to or greater than those currently provided at the existing hospital and there will be an active travel, walking and cycling, route to Drumgelloch train station.

“Sustainability is fundamental to the MRP’s design. The planning application set out ways to protect and enhance the natural environment of the woodland area.”

Artist's impression of Monklands hospital

Des Murray, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council, added, “This is the most significant step forward for the Monklands replacement project, as it moves from planning and concept stage to starting the delivery of what will be one of the most state-of-the-art hospitals in Scotland.

“We have been working in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire to support the delivery of the new hospital, particularly in relation to the council’s commitment to deliver the proposed East Airdrie Link Road. This proposed new road forms part of the Pan Lanarkshire Transport Corridor infrastructure improvements, which effectively links the M74 at Motherwell to the M80 in Cumbernauld, supporting regeneration and new investment and importantly, connects communities and businesses across North Lanarkshire to the central belt and beyond.”