Facelift underway for Hull Royal Infirmary.
Houlton are now underway with encapsulation works to improve the look of Hull’s tallest building and make it more energy efficient, with work proceeding on the south, west and east elevations of the tower block on Anlaby Road, Hull.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is investing over £8 million in total to provide new windows and an external façade for its 160ft tower block on the Hull Royal Infirmary site. The work will also make it structurally safer and improve its overall appearance. By March 2014, all the scaffolding will be gone and the tower block will boast a sleek dark grey finish with blue glass and a complementary lighting scheme.
Duncan Taylor, Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Development says:
“As well as the obvious improvement to the building’s exterior, the work which is underway will help to improve the tower block’s energy efficiency by about 55% which is a massive amount when you consider it is 13 floors high. What’s more, the new façade and glass will help to make all of the wards and departments more comfortable by better regulating the temperatures inside the building and thereby creating a better environment for our patients, visitors and staff. We’re very excited about this project and trust that patients and staff alike will consider the finished article a real visual improvement.”
As well as providing the building with a much needed facelift, the works have also provided the local economy with a boost, with over 90% local labour employed by Houlton on site and all 7,317m² of new glass and windows being produced and installed by a local firm in Hull.