DEMOLITION work has started at a Liverpool hospital where former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was born.
Walton Hospital, off Rice Lane, closed its doors in December, with services transferring to Fazakerley.
Sir Paul’s mum, Mary, had worked at the hospital as a nurse on the maternity ward and the 69-year-old was born there in June, 1942.
A new mental health centre is to be built in its place, run by health trust Mersey Care.
The new 85-bed hospital will provide care for people in Liverpool, Knowsley and south Sefton.
Liverpool development company LSHP Ltd are carrying out the project.
The firm has also been working on a similar scheme at the former Skellys car dealership site on Edge Lane.
Work will start on the two new centres, which will have a combined cost of around £48m, early in the New Year – subject to government approval.
Graham Pink, Chief Executive of LSHP Ltd, said: “Starting the demolition of the existing hospital buildings will give us a great head start on the construction of the new facility at Walton.
“As a company, we are committed to providing first- class health and social care buildings which improve people’s health and wellbeing in our communities, and are really proud to be working with Mersey Care on these prestigious projects. We know this is a project which will make a big difference to the lives of many people in Merseyside.”
John Doyle, Project Director for Mersey Care, said: “Our partnership with LSHP Ltd is enabling us to deliver a state-of-the-art facility designed with the help of users and staff that will be a real change in the way people will receive care services in the future.”
The new buildings are expected to open in 2013.Last Updated: 08/22/11 12:21