Cleveland Clinic London Celebrates Important Milestone with ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

Latest building milestone achieved in the development of Cleveland Clinic’s 184-bed UK hospital

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Brian Donley, M.D. (right), CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, and Tony Bellas, site manager for Sir Robert McAlpine, London, watch the ‘Topping off’ ceremony, 33 Grosvenor Place, London.

August 27, 2020 update:
Like all major construction projects in 2020, Cleveland Clinic London has faced delays due to COVID-19. As lockdown restrictions have eased in the United Kingdom, construction on both Cleveland Clinic London facilities has continued successfully while maintaining the safety of onsite workers during the pandemic.

The combined project team is making positive progress towards a revised completion date of the building work in September 2021. The hospital at 33 Grosvenor Place, London is expected to open in early 2022. Cleveland Clinic London will begin seeing patients in its outpatient clinic located at 24 Portland Place from fall 2021.

October 2, 2019 news release:
LONDON: Cleveland Clinic London reached a major milestone in the construction of its hospital at 33 Grosvenor Place, when the final external piece of the eight-story, 324,000-square-foot building was put into place today.

The achievement was marked by a “topping out” ceremony attended by Brian Donley, M.D., CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO and President, and Chris Connell, Chief Design Officer of the Center for Design at Cleveland Clinic. Additional guests included senior leaders from the hospital’s contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine.

The new hospital at 33 Grosvenor Place is Cleveland Clinic’s first facility in Europe, and – along with the first confirmed Outpatient Centre at 24 Portland Place, near Harley Street – will be equipped with the very latest facilities and technology to enhance quality, safety and experience of care.

Cleveland Clinic is also prioritising the reduction of the building’s environmental impact once operational. The building will produce its own heat and power, significantly minimising carbon emissions from air and water heating.

“We are excited to have completed the construction phase of what will be one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the U.K. Cleveland Clinic is a global leader in specialised medical care, and our London hospital will enable patients from across the U.K. and beyond to access exceptional treatment that’s based on nearly 100 years of research and innovation,” Dr. Donley said.

Dr. Mihaljevic added, “The London hospital is the latest addition to Cleveland Clinic’s global healthcare system. London is one of the leading international healthcare centres, home to top-quality talent and world-leading research that we can learn from as we look to innovate and provide the very best care.”

The London hospital will be Cleveland Clinic’s first facility in Europe, adding another international location to a health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland; 11 regional hospitals throughout Northeast Ohio; five hospitals in Florida; a hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and facilities in Las Vegas, Nev., and Toronto, Canada.

“Building on our 150-year heritage of technical excellence and innovation, it is a privilege to deliver this state-of-the-art medical facility that will provide world-class healthcare,” said Paul Heather, Sir Robert McAlpine Managing Director, London.

Cleveland Clinic London opens in Spring 2021. It will have 184 inpatient beds; eight operating rooms; a full imaging suite; endoscopy and catheterization labs; day case rooms for surgery; and a full neurological suite with rehabilitation. The facility will offer a full range of medical services including specialty services focusing on heart and vascular, orthopaedics, digestive diseases, neurosciences and general surgery.

“Once completed, 33 Grosvenor Place will be at the cutting-edge of hospital design, creating an environment that reflects the needs of patients and the future of healthcare in the UK, while ensuring that the building has minimal environmental impact,” Connell said.