Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bird's Eye View of Cramlington Hospital Project

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bird's Eye View of Cramlington Hospital Project

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

THESE pictures give a detailed look at the construction of a pioneering new hospital in the region.

North East aerial photography company, Airfotos, has been commissioned to document each step of the building of Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. Experienced aerial 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 last year which showcase the nearlycompleted 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 Alnwick Garden and the SNF Oil and Gas site at Billingham.

Lucille Patrick, Airfotos customer account manager, 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. …

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