New £15m intensive care unit and main entrance opens at Torbay Hospital

New £15m intensive care unit and main entrance opens at Torbay Hospital

22 February 2017

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust held an official opening today (Wednesday 22 February) to mark the completion of its new intensive care unit and main entrance at Torbay Hospital.

The long awaited £15m project has delivered a brand new, state-of-the-art, 14-bed intensive care unit (ICU) that has all the latest technology and equipment required to provide a modern, patient focused environment.

The project also includes dedicated accommodation facilities for relatives of those in the ICU as well as a new main entrance with a café, a convenience shop and additional public amenities such as baby changing and fully-accessible toilet facilities. WH Smith will operate the shop and Aramark will run the adjacent 60-seater café – offering the newly launched Aroma coffee by Nero Roasting Company from the Caffè Nero brand.

The Torbay Hospital’s League of Friends raised a staggering £1.6m through their ‘This is Critical’ appeal. The funds have helped to equip the new intensive care unit with the latest high-tech equipment.

The hospital’s current 10-bed Intensive Care Unit is over 30 years old and, whilst staff support patients to a very high standard, this new development will provide a much needed state-of-the-art facility for this much valued service.

A huge team of designers, planners, engineers, our architects Avanti and our appointed building partner Interserve, have been working relentlessly to turn this vision into a reality.

Work began to prepare the site back in March 2015 and, in July 2015 a groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of the building work, with the project reaching its highest point and ‘topping out’ in June 2016. Over 600 people have worked on the site over the last two years with 4,500 tonnes of waste being removed from the area. 5,476 tonnes of concrete have been used to construct the building with over 150 miles of cabling and 645 light units installed.

The Trust’s Chairman (Sir Richard Ibbotson), Deputy Chief Executive (Paul Cooper), together with staff, representatives from the Trust’s League of Friends, Interserve and other partners, marked the milestone with a celebratory opening ceremony with Sir Richard unveiling a commemorative plaque.

Sir Richard Ibbotson, Chairman of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The first seeds were planted for this project a number of years ago and I, on behalf of the Trust, cannot thank everyone enough for their hard work in seeing this project come to fruition.

“The opening ceremony was a very proud and exciting moment for the Trust as this project will transform the delivery of care for our patients, visitors and staff. By working together, we have been able to create an even better environment for our patients, their visitors as well as for our staff in which to work. These fabulous new facilities offer a modern, patient focused and easily accessible setting for everyone. We are now looking forward to opening the doors to our patients, visitors and staff so that they too can see the great work that’s taken place to provide these facilities for our local population.”

Peter Welch, Chairman of the Torbay Hospital League of Friends, said: “When we set the very ambitious target of £1.6 million for our ‘this is critical!’ campaign we knew it would stretch our volunteers and supporters to the limit but they responded with enormous enthusiasm and energy.

“Of course we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many organisations, groups and individuals who donated so generously during our two year campaign. Together we are truly ‘partners in care’ in this excellent new facility.”

Sir Richard added: “This development has only been made possible by the hard work and support of our League of Friends and the very generous donations from the people who support our local healthcare services in so many ways. Torbay Hospital’s League of Friends has supported this project from the start, committing to raise £1.6m through the ‘this is critical’ campaign to equip the new ICU with the latest high-tech equipment. Every patient we treat in will have benefited in some way from their work; whether it is from new state-of-the-art equipment, comforts for patients or new artwork to improve the look and feel of a ward.

“I would like to thank each and every one of our Leagues of Friends across all our hospitals for their continued support; we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Bob Rouse, Senior Project Manager for Interserve, commented: “Providing this amazing new facility for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust not only demonstrates the excellent collaborative working ethos between the Construction and Trust teams but the passion demonstrated by the end users and the relentless fund raising by League of Friends.

“We have continued throughout the complex build process to fully understand the critical needs of the Intensive Care Unit team and its staff to ensure their dreams are realised.”

The official opening ceremony is closely followed by the first patients being admitted to the new ICU and the doors of new main entrance opening to the public in the next few days.

For more information and latest updates on our investment projects, visit

Translate this page: