ENGIE completes ‘state-of-the-art’ Manchester Helipad

19th May 2021

Leading energy, services and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, is delighted to announce the completion of the ‘ground-breaking’ Manchester Helipad project for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

The new Helipad is located on the roof of Grafton Street multi story car park and includes a high-level link bridge to the Manchester Royal Infirmary. This link provides access to Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), both co-located on the Oxford Road campus of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust site in the centre of Manchester.

Funding for the Helipad was raised by the Manchester Foundation Trust’s charity, Time Saves Lives Appeal, which raised an extraordinary £3.9million in just 12 months thanks to the incredible generosity of its supporters. It’s estimated the Helipad could allow around 300 patients to be airlifted to the site every year, drastically reducing transfer times and ultimately saving lives both locally and regionally.

Alyson Seddon, Head of Education & Public Buildings (North West) at ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to announce the completion of this project that will provide a real boost to healthcare services in the region. The Helipad project has had no shortages of challenges, however I’m proud of the ENGIE team for their continued hard work and dedication to complete what is such an important piece of infrastructure for the area.

“I’d also personally like to thank all other parties involved in making this project a reality. It’s difficult to overstate the impact this will have on the community, and we hope this will leave a lasting legacy.”

 Alistair Rennie, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma at the MRI and RMCH said: “The Helipad will benefit major trauma patients across Greater Manchester and beyond, including people who have suffered serious injuries in road traffic accidents, assaults, sudden illnesses or falls in areas difficult to reach by road ambulances. 

"As a consultant in Emergency Medicine, we know the quality and speed of specialist medical care following a major trauma injury is vital to ensuring patients have the best chance of a full recovery. In these situations, patients need to be transferred to a Major Trauma Centre, which we have on site here at the MRI (Adults) and RMCH (Children’s).

“I am delighted that this development is now a reality at MFT’s Oxford Road Campus, as for many patients our helipad could represent the difference between life and death.”