Royal Inland Hospital expansion goes to Kamloops council on Tuesday

Last month, the city issued a foundation permit, valued at $33.6 million. The patient care tower is estimated to cost $417 million and be completed in 2022

The latest expansion of Royal Inland Hospital will go to city council on Tuesday as Interior Health seeks a development permit for the project.

The nine-storey patient care tower will be located behind the clinical services building, which was constructed three years ago on Columbia Street.

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The tower will include 44 underground parking spaces, 157 surface parking spots and a rooftop heliport. The $417-million expansion is expected to be completed by spring 2022.

The city issued a foundation permit last month, valued at $33.6 million.

According to the development permit application, the building will be 23,686 square metres in size and contain respiratory, mental-health, maternal and child and surgical services, as well as retail space.

Proposed on each floor, according to the project’s development permit application: public and accessory retail space (first and second floors), respiratory services and adolescent mental-health (second floor), maternal and child services (third floor), surgical services (fourth and eighth floors), mechanical space shared with staff services (fifth floor), mental-health services (sixth and seventh floors) and heliport on top of the building (ninth floor).

While an existing 75-space parking lot is proposed to be demolished, the application details 209 new parking spaces: 157 surface parking west of Third Avenue, eight spaces in the 30-minute drop-off parking area and 44 underground stalls on two levels below the tower.

The expansion is the first of two in the hospital’s redevelopment.

The next phase includes renovating and expanding the emergency department, paediatrics, post-anaesthetic recovery and morgue.

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