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NRC appoints main contractor
- June 1, 2022

The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) Programme has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as main contractor to construct the NRC.

The NRC will be one of the early schemes to be delivered under the government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.

Greener NHS pledge

Designed to be Net Zero Carbon, to new facility is in line with the wider Greener NHS pledge to be the world’s first net zero national health service.

It will not require any fossil fuels, and carbon-free electricity will be generated through solar panels on the site. The building will be highly insulated to minimise energy loss and will be built using low carbon materials such as timber for its structure

The NRC is a 70-bed facility designed to integrate with the natural landscape of the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate and specified to the highest standards of sustainability.

Partnering process

IHP, an established alliance between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, was selected following the Procure process under the P22 Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) procurement framework which provides Design and Construction Services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations.

Partnering is embedded in the contracting process to achieve best results, quality and value. As part of the contract a Partnering Agreement overlay will be adopted which is a collaboration agreement between the central New Hospital Programme (NHP), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and IHP, as well as Trusts and contractors for other early NHP schemes. This approach is intended to create a collaborative environment across Trusts delivering the early schemes within the NHP.

Outstanding building

Miriam Duffy, NRC Programme Director, said: “This is excellent news for all of us eager to see the benefits of the NRC realised and the facility become operational as soon as possible. IHP is a great fit and I’m impressed not just with their technical capability but with their understanding of the uniqueness of the NRC. We’re confident of creating a great construction partnership that will see the outstanding NRC building come to life and help us to get on with treating patients.”

Stuart McArthur, Healthcare Sector Lead at IHP, said: “We are delighted that IHP has been appointed to the construction of the National Rehabilitation Centre through the P22 DHSC procurement framework. Through the 20 successful years of our alliance, we have demonstrated that we have the expertise and experience necessary to match the unique nature of this project. We look forward to working in close collaboration with NHP and NUH on delivering this new model of rehabilitation in an inspiring setting, which will benefit patients and staff whilst supporting leading edge research.”

Alongside IHP, the NRC project team includes Ryder Architecture, Arup and Fira (landscape architects).

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