Construction JV secures £312m hospitals contract

Credit: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as the design and construction partner to progress its £312m Hospitals Transformation Programme.

IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine, will support the Trust as it prepares to take the plans through the final stage of the national approval process and transform acute hospital services for its communities.

Proposals have been developed by clinicians and will see the Telford site specialise in planned care that will be available throughout the year, leading to few cancellations and delays to operations.

The Shrewsbury site will specialise in emergency care and will benefit from a new, purpose-built Emergency Department, meaning that patients will be seen more quickly, with shorter stays and faster ambulance handover times.

Both facilities will have enhanced urgent care services which will be available 24/7.

Preparatory works are expected to start on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site from this month, with hoardings and site cabins being developed.

Dr Ed Rysdale, consultant in emergency medicine and clinical lead for the Hospitals Transformation Programme, said: “I’m excited that we are moving ever closer to delivering our vision of two thriving hospital sites. This is so much more than building works, this is about fundamentally improving care for all the communities we serve through better pathways and joined-up care between our services.

“This is an important step forward for the programme and it is exciting to be able to welcome our contractors onsite as they prepare for the necessary enabling works.”

Louise Barnett, CEO of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We are pleased to be working with IHP who bring a wealth of experience in large-scale construction, as well as offering genuine opportunities for local businesses. We will be continuing to keep local communities and clinicians involved at every stage of the works, to help design a positive experience for everyone.”