The redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital reached a special milestone today when the new building reached its maximum height.

A special ‘topping out’ ceremony took place at the hospital to celebrate the landmark occasion with the final laying of concrete on the top floor of the new building. This was followed by a celebration with staff from the hospital and representatives from contractors involved in the project and local organisations.

Sir David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, said: “On behalf of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, I cannot thank everyone enough for their hard work in getting the project to this point – it’s fantastic that we can all now see the plans becoming a reality.

Staff and representatives from local organisations give feedback on the look of the internal spaces of the new Chase Farm hospital.

“The new hospital will offer facilities which will improve the experience of our patients and help us to attract and retain the very best clinical expertise.

“I am looking forward to the day when we start to welcome patients and our staff to our new hospital.”

Chris Hamer, Vinci Construction managing director, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project and to mark this milestone with all stakeholders involved in the build. Over the last year we have built a strong working relationship with the trust and I am proud of our team for what has been delivered to date.

“We are working with local suppliers and employing local people which also benefits the community and local economy.”

The new hospital, set to open in Autumn 2018, will provide out-patient services including diagnostics, musculoskeletal therapies and women’s services, an urgent care centre including paediatrics and an older persons assessment unit, theatres, day surgery, 50 surgical in-patient beds, endoscopy and medical day cases including a chemotherapy unit.