Kier, the integrated property, residential, construction and services group, has been awarded a £25m contract to upgrade three hospitals for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).
Procured under the P21+ healthcare framework, Kier will deliver a programme of both minor and major works over the next year at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Grantham and District Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital.
The contract is project managed by Capita Health Partners and forms part of the Trust’s five-year estates strategy, which focuses on modernising the hospitals and looking at ways the Trust’s estates can be best used to support new models of clinical practice.
One of the scheme’s projects at Pilgrim Hospital is the development of a new multi-purpose clinical accommodation which will enable some of the maternity and gynaecology services to be moved out of their current accommodation and into the improved facilities. Kier will also renovate the site there.
At Lincoln County, areas of the five-storey maternity wing will be modernised and two further wards will be refurbished with facilities that help support patients with dementia, such as lighting that mirrors the natural daylight cycle outside. There will also be extended car parking and improved street lighting around the hospital.
At Grantham and District hospital, Kier will refurbish wards that are located in the tower block. There will also be a new boiler room at the hospital, which will help meet energy efficiency targets and reduce running costs.
Smaller works carried out by Kier will include further ward refurbishments, mechanical and electrical infrastructure, improved theatre ventilation, plus fire safety measures and roof repairs.
Paul Boocock, director of estates and facilities, said: “This is an exciting project for the Trust and the people of Lincolnshire. It’s an important step in transforming our clinical services and ensuring they are safe and sustainable for the 21st century. By modernising our buildings, we can better meet high quality clinical standards and also help become a more energy efficient organisation. Investing this money shows our commitment to the future of all three hospitals”.
“Over the next year there will be some disruption to our hospitals which we will keep to a minimum and carry out work during evenings and weekends where possible. I would like to thank patients and staff for their support and patience during the work.”
Kier senior framework manager, Lewis Parker, added: “We are delighted to have been selected as Principal Supply Chain Partner for this important programme, which will provide outstanding new healthcare facilities for Lincolnshire. We have extensive experience in the delivery of healthcare schemes, having been awarded over 50 projects through the P21+ framework over the past four years, and we look forward to working collaboratively with the Trust to develop solutions that work for patients.”
Kier has established links in Lincolnshire. It is currently delivering the £20m Gateway student accommodation in Lincoln for Jackson & Jackson Developments, and began a new ten-year maintenance partnering contract with the City of Lincoln Council in 2013, building on its previous seven-year relationship with the Council. Kier was also, as part of the Lincolnshire County Council Highways Alliance, recently awarded a one-year extension to its contract to deliver highways services across the county.
Tom Myers, Capita Health Partners regional operations director, said: “Each hospital site has differing age profiles of estate and building infrastructure, which bring their own individual challenges. Capita Health Partners will work with the Trust and Kier to identify and highlight the areas requiring investment and drive the projects through to completion.
“We are also working on a number of other successful projects in the Lincolnshire area, including at the neighbouring acute trust, where we are designing, project managing and cost managing the new Cardiac Catheter Day Case Unit development.”
Work has started on site at the hospitals and Kier is expected to complete the redevelopment by March 2016.
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