Operating theatre plans.
Bosses at the Barby Road hospital this week applied for permission to build the new theatre where thirteen consultants will perform around 300 hip and joint operations a week.
Work is well under way on converting the 20-bed Rowan ward, which will also serve the Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence.
The project is set to be finished before the end of the year.
Hospital bosses expect the new unit to reduce waiting lists for orthopaedic surgery.
It will also save patients from Rugby having to travel to Coventry for their treatment.
Councillors will discuss the plans over the next two months.
An appeal to raise cash to buy specialist equipment and beds for the centre, run by the Friends of St Cross charity, has almost reached its pounds 58,000 target.
Bosses last month said they needed just pounds 2,000.