The construction and property development company Balfour Beatty have been contracted by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to construct the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital under a £267M contract.
Balfour Beatty was initially contracted to carry out the early works for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, Staffordshire, but has now been appointed as the main contractor on the scheme, with the associated electrical and plumbing works to be undertaken by a joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Kilpatrick.
The Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business, Dean Banks stated: “This is a key project for the Midlands and a long-awaited moment for healthcare services in the local community. Following the successful completion of the Early Works phase, we are pleased that we have been entrusted to deliver the final elements of the scheme.
“Our wealth of experience and expertise will ensure that the Midland Metropolitan Hospital will service future generations for years to come.”
The 670-bed hospital, which covers a total area of 80,000sq m, will feature maternity facilities, children’s and inpatient adult facilities, and will be completed using Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques to achieve a completion date somewhere in 2022.
The Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Richard Samuda commented: “The people of Sandwell and West Birmingham have been waiting for this hospital for too long, as have our staff who are doing an incredible job delivering health care services from some buildings that are no longer best suited for modern healthcare services.
“This news cannot come soon enough for those colleagues. Reaching this milestone is testament to the determination of Trust colleagues and leaders in partner organisations, who, with the support of cross party political leaders, have enabled us to agree this contract to complete the hospital.”
The Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Toby Lewis added: “Today is about moving on and looking to the future, as we shortly welcome the return of all works and trades to the site to complete this vital facility. The Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham in 2022, and we would like to be in our new home by then, bringing our clinical teams together to deliver the best acute services for our patients and their families.”
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