A bird’s eye view of new Northumberland hospital

The new hospital, pictured from the air in October 2014. Picture by Airfotos
The new hospital, pictured from the air in October 2014. Picture by Airfotos

A Northumberland-based company is making a unique record of the building of a new hospital.

Aerial photography company Airfotos is documenting each step of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital’s construction from the air.

The site of the new hospital, pctured from the air in January 2013. Picture by Airfotos

The site of the new hospital, pctured from the air in January 2013. Picture by Airfotos

Its photographers took the first oblique images of the undeveloped site in January 2013, and have been taking new shots from the sky every three months to show its progress.

Aerial photography is often used for this type of construction project as it enhances progress reports and marketing materials, and aids project managers in the planning and management process.

The Cramlington-based hospital is on course to open this summer, as can be seen by Airfotos’ most recent images from October 2014, which showcase the nearly-completed complex.

Once construction has been completed, it will be the first purpose built hospital in the country dedicated to providing emergency care.

A&E consultants working 24/7 will treat seriously ill patients from Northumberland and North Tyneside and specialists in a wide range of conditions will be working seven days a week.

Airfotos was chosen for the commission as a result of its extensive experience in taking progress photography of large construction projects. The company has previously photographed The Alnwick Garden and the SNF Oil and Gas site at Billingham.

Airfotos customer account manager Lucille Patrick said: “Specialist progress photography is one of the key services we provide so we were delighted to be appointed to photograph the new hospital, which is just down the road from our Annitsford headquarters.

“The team has enjoyed being involved with such an exciting project – right on our doorstep – which is leading the way in emergency care and is due to provide a significant boost for the local economy and local people.

“With our prime view from the sky it has been incredible to see it develop from a brownfield site to what it is now. We’re looking forward to flying over for the last couple of times and sharing our aerial photography of the finished hospital.”