Huddersfield Royal Infirmary cafe to close for five weeks for improvements

Latest phase of work to start at Huddersfield hospital

 

Work is set to start on the refurbishment and upgrade of the main public facilities at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

It follows the external work to create the new entrance, the total redesign of the foyer area and major improvements to the main corridors and lift areas.

On Tuesday May 6, the café to the left of the entrance will close for five weeks for a total refurbishment and will reopen as a dedicated Costa coffee shop, with a wide range of hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, salads, pastries and snacks.

Calderdale Royal Hospital also has a café which incorporates Proud to Serve Costa and there has been a popular Costa coffee cart at HRI for a couple of years.

During the works, a temporary counter will be available for hot drinks, soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks in the main entrance. There will also be limited hot food available from the counter after 4 pm until 7 pm.

A spokesman for the Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust, who run the hospital, said: “A safe, walkway through the café area will be maintained for the duration of the works to enable patients, staff and visitors to access the clinics and departments on the outpatients corridors.

“The hospital’s dining room will continue to operate as normal serving breakfasts and lunches until 2 pm every week day.

“Phase two of the major revamp will see the shop in the entrance closed for a refit for two weeks and that is due to start after the café work.

“In phase three the dining room on the lower ground floor will close for three weeks for a refurbishment.

“Some of the work may overlap slightly and, in all, is expected to take around eight weeks throughout May and June”.

The work is being carried out by Compass Group UK & Ireland.

Director of Estates and Facilities, Lesley Hill, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the works may cause but, when complete, the facilities at HRI for our patients, their families and staff will be very much improved.

“We are approaching 50 years since HRI opened and the hospital’s facilities will be in first class shape for its half century and for the future.”

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