The Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, the four storey wing from 1937
The Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton, once the City’s’ main hospital was closed in 1997, its services being relocated to New Cross Hospital in nearby Wednesfield. Since then, the Royal, which had served the Town’s people since 1849 has been left unoccupied, quickly falling into a derelict state.
However, Tesco in partnership with the local council and other organisations, have set about redeveloping and rejuvenating the former hospital. The plan is to refurbish the old buildings, creating a Primary Health Care facility, along with offices, shops, cafes, and the seemingly obligatory houses and apartments that are associated with these types of developments.
As a result of this, all the more modern buildings that made up part of the complex have been demolished, leaving the original buildings standing, along with the four-storey wing that was built in 1937.
The picture shows the 1937 four-storey wing that also once incorporated operating theatres, wards and a swimming pool. Due to financial constraints, the original plans for the wing dictated a three-storey building, however it was eventually built with four storeys. The curved steel-framed ends to the building are quite typical of the Art-Deco period, in which it was built. I don’t know what is planned for this building, but it’s nice to know that it will survive.
The 1937 wing contained the following departments, when it was operational:
Basement: Occupational Therapy, Swimming Pool, Instrument Curator.
Ground 1st Floor: Graham Adams, Scott / Twentyman, Harper Millar wards.
2nd and 3rd Floors: Sheldon / Langley wards.
4th Floor: Maxillo-Facial Surgery.