Cynon Valley Hospital On Track

9 February 2011

Work is continuing apace on the new £73m Cynon Neighbourhood Hospital in the Cynon Valley.

When it opens this autumn, the new hospital will provide vital healthcare facilities for one of the most deprived areas in Wales.

Over recent in years the limitations imposed by the area’s existing facilities in terms of physical condition, functional flexibility, accessibility and space have exacerbated the problems faced by an ageing local population already prone to chronic disease.

Capita Symonds is providing project management and supervisor services under the NEC on behalf of client Cwm Taf Local Health Board. When complete the 18,000 sq m hospital will provide:

  • 100 beds.
  • 15 Psychiatry of the old age beds.
  • 8 palliative care beds.
  • 5 bed birthing unit.
  • 18 chair dental training school.
  • Outpatients department.
  • Radiology department.
  • A full therapies department.
  • Mental Health unit and day facilities.

The project will also see the relocation of the nearby Aberdare and Mountain Ash Hospitals to the same site. Capita Symonds is providing technical support for the disposal of the sites, procuring and managing a series of studies and investigations to inform the disposal while supporting future planning applications.

The new hospital harnesses the use of natural daylight, landscape, spatial quality, and comfort levels to improve the psychological well being of both patients and staff while also providing an important hub for the local community.

Design consultations with both patients and staff have been supplemented through regular engagement with public forums. In fact, the site itself was chosen after discussions held with the public.

In order to meet the objectives of the Health Board and energy targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government the facility has been designed to use natural ventilation were possible, has biomass fuel for heating, and a green roof over parts of the building.

The project, which was procured under a two stage process and under the NEC Option C, includes new access to the hospital under a S278 agreement. It also required a flood consequences study and the involvement of the Environmental Agency on surface water attenuation.

Capita Symonds Project Manager Dominic Roche says: “This is a facility that will provide for the healthcare needs of the community for years to come. The vision from the Health Board has been central in driving the project.  We have had our challenges along the way but have remained focussed on providing a state of the art facility and directing the team to its delivery.”

To view a fly through of the designs click here.