22 August 2012
Last updated at 17:34
Two years after work started on the new £430m "super hospital" building at Southmead, Bristol, members of the press were allowed in to see what progress had been made over the past year.
Much of the exterior work is now finished and the workforce is turning its attention to the fitting out of the wards, operating theatres and outpatients. For comparison the shot on the left was taken in July 2011.
Then the corridors were dusty and dark and the building open to the elements. Now the interior is starting to look more like a hospital than a building site.
The roof space is full of cables and piping to distribute essential services around the building. During the commissioning phase every socket, light switch, computer data outlet, tap and drain will need to be tested - an enormous task in itself.
The roof is being put on over the atrium area which will form the main reception area for the hospital. Thousands of pieces of scaffolding allow safe access to the roof area.
The building, which is due to open in spring 2014, will offer a full range of medical services and expertise under one roof. Its design is said to be the most environmentally-friendly for a building of its size in the UK.
Seventy-five per cent of the rooms will be single and ensuite with the remainder in four-bed wards. The hospital's design makes the most of natural light and ventilation with the wards having an easterly outlook to make the most of the morning sun.
This mock-up shows what the room will eventually look like. Staff nurse Jo Anyon said the single rooms would offer greater privacy and dignity, help reduce cross-infection, and reduce noise so patients could sleep well at night.
Keith Hutton, project manager for Carillion Building, said everyone was "very proud" of what had been achieved so far. "The hospital has provided hundreds of jobs for workers and contractors from across the region," he added.