Manchester Royal Infirmary set for £40m transformation

Development plans include new operating theatres and more resuscitation bays.

The Manc The Manc - 18th May 2021

Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital (MRI) is set for a £40 million transformation after getting green light from the local council to proceed with development.

Plans include increasing capacity at the Major Trauma Centre and creating a more streamlined layout – as well as building six new operating theatres.

The A&E department is also set for an upgrade – increasing the number of resuscitation bays to 10 (from 6) and majors cubicles to 27 (from 16).

PBC Today reports that Integrated Health Projects (IHP) – a joint venture between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine – has been appointed as construction partner for the development.

Temporary changes to MRI’s layout will be made so it can continue operating as normal.


Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and take three years to complete.

Manchester Royal Infirmary will get six new operation theatres in the redevelopment / Image: Stephen Richards via Geograph

Julia Bridgewater, chief operating officer at MFT, said that the development work would allow patients at the MRI to be “seen by the right people and receive the right treatment quicker in a much-improved patient environment.”


She added: “MFT is the largest NHS Trust in England, with ten hospitals and a wide spread of clinical specialisms.

“These plans for MRI ED have been thoughtfully considered to best work in co-ordination with our other hospitals, and incorporate the capabilities of these different fields.”

Vanessa Gardener, chief executive of MRI, said: “The new operating theatres will likewise enable us to modernise our surgical facilities and support our growing role as regional centre for emergency, major trauma, vascular, head and neck cancer, liver, transplant and other specialist surgery.


“With Manchester City Council’s approval, we look forward to carrying out the delicate and carefully planned work to make this concept a reality, while continuing to deliver high standards of care for our patients throughout the construction process.”

Featured image: MFT