BAM appointed to create new £68m hospital in Salford

The proposed new facility

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has appointed BAM Construction to build a new £68m hospital to support its role as the major trauma centre for Greater Manchester.

Planning permission for the six-storey James Potter Building – previously referred to as the Acute Receiving Centre – was granted in December 2019.

The development is named in honour of the organisation’s recently retired long-standing chairman, Jim Potter, and will provide the Trust – part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group – with major trauma and high acuity surgery facilities in a modern, high quality building.

Once complete, the specialist facility is set to receive 90% of all major trauma patients in Greater Manchester, for example, people who have been involved in a serious road traffic accident or serious fall.

It will also be the hub site for high risk general surgery across Bolton, Salford and Wigan.

This means that any patients from these areas who require high risk emergency surgical or non-surgical treatment will be brought to Salford for their care.

Salford-based BAM is now on Salford Royal’s site carrying out enabling works with a full construction programme start confirmed for February 22.

Day Architectural has worked on the design with BAM and the Trust. The scheme aims to complete in Summer 2023.

NCA chief executive, Raj Jain, said: “This important facility has been many years in the planning with a number of our local, regional and national partners and it’s great to now be just weeks away from the official start date of construction.

“We are proud to be the major trauma centre for Greater Manchester and this centre and the amazing state-of-the-art facilities and our specialist clinical teams within it will allow us to provide trauma care and services to an additional 400 trauma patients per year and help save more lives.”

He added: “Our partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust will see us use this facility as the home for a new single-service for high risk emergency general surgery. This new team will strive to provide a general surgery service with the best outcomes in the UK for its patients.”

Rob Bailey, BAM’s healthcare construction manager, said: “We have worked extensively on the design and programme with the Trust to understand fully what their requirements are, and focus completely on what matters to them – providing a high quality building in which their patients are cared for and their staff can provide that care. That is how buildings should be delivered, with the outcomes the client wants placed at the centre.”

The 9800 sq m, six-storey centre is set to include a resuscitation area, five emergency theatres, inpatient beds, and diagnostic imaging, and a helipad.

Cliff Jones head of construction procurement, NHS estates and facilities, said: “We look forward to the successful delivery of this unique and dynamic facility and the resulting improvements in healthcare delivery for the community that it will serve.”

Ian Fleming, North West regional director for BAM, said: “These facilities are right on our doorstep so we know very personally just how important they are. There has never been a more important time to help the NHS deliver the facilities it needs to keep people well and to be able to live their lives at a difficult time for us as a country.”

BAM’s recent track record in healthcare includes two new Nightingale Hospitals showing the company’s capability of using modular solutions and working in accelerated ways.

It is working on several major hospital schemes around the UK, having adapted many schemes to provide additional support to the NHS in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.