Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

NHS Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Project snapshot
  • Client

    Liverpool NHS Trust
  • Place

    Diabetes Entrance Royal Hospital
  • Type of work

  • Duration

    12 Weeks

Avrenim Developments were commissioned by Liverpool NHS Foundation Trust and The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation to understand how we could construct and create a temporary link between the new Clatterbridge Hospital and the Royal Liverpool Hospital until the new Royal Hospital is completed.

The Clatterbridge Transfer project involved the engagement of a team to design, construct and install a facility to safely transfer critically ill patients from the new Liverpool Clatterbridge Hospital to the critical care department, high dependency unit and the diagnostic treatment ward within the existing Royal Liverpool Hospital. Avrenim worked closely with both clients from the Royal and Clatterbridge hospitals with the proposed design to construct a covered walkway.

This had to be both weatherproof and durable to provide a structurally sound yet easily manoeuvrable tunnel on both sites which both Hospitals then had safe access between. This design was introduced by the Avrenim team looking to overcome the road/ blue route which needs to be maintained for all emergency vehicles and open for use by the construction team for the new hospital.

Significant enabling works were also required to be carried out in order to accommodate this structure. Through our supply chain in Europe
we were able to procure, design and manufacture a bespoke retractable section to overcome the issues of completing the link across the road.

The foundations on the Clatterbridge side of the shelter had to be proposed through a full review and sign-off, with Avrenim leading CCL, PropCare and MDG to ensure the design was tailored to be suitable and safe for what is required.

The alterations were also required within the existing Royal Hospital which consisted of forming a new opening with automatic doors including all associated access control requirements as well as a refurbishment to certain elements to the Doctors mess, transfer routes and modifications to main corridor within the Royal.


This project to-date has faced many challenges due to an extremely tight programme and project constraints due to the onset of the Coronavirus


Strategic planning has been required throughout and has required a high volume of design and progress meetings in order to meet both Trust and Avrenim’s objectives. By sourcing technical alternatives from our supply chain to meet programme and operational targets


From initial briefing from the client and their requirements, a bespoke solution was successfully designed, procured and installed to provide safe access between hospitals for patients.