‘Old, risky’ concrete forces new £110m hospital unit


A new £110 million building at the Countess of Chester Hospital is set for approval. 

Cracked concrete wall.
by Rory ButlerFebruary 2, 2023

NHS England is financing construction of the new Women and Children’s Service unit after the current facility was deemed unsafe.  

It is understood the current building, which has been in operation since the 1970s, was constructed with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), which has since fallen out of use and should be removed by 2030. 

A new three-storey building will be built in its place. 

A temporary car park to compensate for the loss of parking during construction will be installed. 

Alterations to a roundabout at the entrance to the site will also be made. 

Countess of Chester Hospital is a Grade II-listed 1829 building. 

The delivery team is not yet known however a procurement process is expected to follow the scheme’s approval next week. 

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