BAM to start work on Whitby Hospital redevelopment
March 19, 2020 – BAM Construction is set to begin the redevelopment of the Whitby Hospital, a community hospital in North Yorkshire, England, later this month.
The ₤13m scheme, funded by NHS England, will include the redevelopment of ‘tower block’ part of the site in Springhill.
Funding for the scheme was approved late last year and BAM was appointed as the construction partner.
Approval was also received at the end of last year and the work is expected to begin on 23 March, with patient transfer and work completion to be expected by next summer.
The new plans will include the construction of a monitored parking provision for patients and staff, to ensure that spaces are protected for their use.
Alongside the redevelopment, the transformation will include embracing new technology to support bringing care closer to people’s homes. It will look to co-locating partner organisations on a health and social care campus to bring services to the community at one location.
BAM Project Manager Gerry McFarlane said: “It is very good news that we can start work in earnest in this historic part of England.
“With more than 400 hospital and health schemes to our credit BAM has always been prominent in the health sector, but what we know is that every scheme is different, and there is nothing more complex to build than a hospital.
“These are special buildings and we will draw on all our skills and experience to create exactly what the NHS, its people and patients want and need for the future.”
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) first explored plans for the redevelopment of Whitby Hospital back in 2014, as part of a ‘Fit 4 the Future’ vision.
The vision was to transform community services to provide sustainable health and social care, for Whitby and the surrounding area.
NHS Property Services (NHSPS) is the site owner and a key delivery partner, which works closely with the CCG. It will also manage to deliver the construction phase and will operate the facility, once it is completed.
NHSPS principal construction manager Peter Todd said: “Our strategic teams have worked tirelessly to move us into the exciting delivery phase of the project. The completed facility will be a fantastic resource for the local people of Whitby and secure local service delivery for years to come. This will not be the first or the last.
“Whitby’s modernisation sits within a significant NHS investment programme of healthcare redevelopment works across England. NHSPS is delighted to be supporting investment specifically in primary and community estate infrastructure with a multi-million-pound programme over the next five years.”