Trust launches competition to name hospital crane

Hinchingbrooke tower crane

Published 10.10.2022

Hinchingbrooke Hospital recently welcomed the arrival of a huge tower crane to take the build of the new Main Theatres Block to new heights in the redevelopment.

The crane can be seen across the skyline of Huntingdon and is bringing the build up to the next level in the hospitals redevelopment plans. Many residents in the area will have noticed the crane, so the Trust would like to give the public the opportunity to name it.

Anyone of any age can enter the competition to win a prize by colouring in the crane template, give the crane a name and send the details through to the Project Team.

The crane stands at 36 metres high, with the jib reaching 60 metres long and carrying a maximum of 12 tons.

Work to the Main Theatres Block is being completed by Graham Construction and will provide the hospital with 7 state-of-the-art theatres, that incorporates the latest thinking in theatres design, with a dedicated space for children to be cared for.

Jason Knaepel, Theatres Manager, for Hinchingbrooke Hospital said: “As a team we are excited to see the construction work progressing at pace for our new Theatres and we really want to give the local community a chance to get involved with the redevelopment of our hospital site. The crane will remain on site until early next year and will be a landmark in our Huntingdon skyline for the next few months.”

Click here to view the colouring sheet 1 or colouring sheet 2 and submission details. Entries for the competition must be received by 11 November and sent via the below email or postal address:

Communications Department, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6NT or


Notes to Editors:

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital was built in 1984 and is one of four hospitals in the East of England impacted by RAAC, which is reaching the end of its operational life. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is currently working on a rolling programme to reinforce the roof on the main hospital site.
  • In addition to this the site is undergoing redevelopment works, which has been separated into three phases.
  • Phase 1 of the redevelopment saw the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre increase in size, with an Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), Ambulatory Assessment Unit (AAU), two mental health support rooms and an increase in Emergency Department space. This was completed in April 2021.
  • Phase 2 is the construction of the Theatres Block which will be completed in the Autumn 2023.
  • Phase 3 will look at a new hospital build to replace the main hospital site, which is experiencing increasing issues with RAAC

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