Balfour Beatty bags $351m Midland Metropolitan Hospital contract

WCN Editorial Team 12 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has received a £267m ($351.3m) contract to deliver the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, Staffordshire in the UK.

To be operated by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital will be designed to offer maternity, children's and inpatient adult facilities.

Under the terms of the contract, Balfour Beatty, which delivered the early works contract in 2018, will undertake the main construction works for the 80,000m² hospital.

The scope of work includes the completion of the external façade as well as all associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.

For the project, Balfour Beatty plans to leverage its technical expertise, including the implementation of the advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques to optimise the design, construction and performance of the hospital.

Balfour Beatty UK Construction Services business chief executive officer Dean Banks said: “This is a key project for the Midlands and a long-awaited moment for healthcare services in the local community. Following the successful completion of the Early Works phase, we are pleased that we have been entrusted to deliver the final elements of the scheme.

“Our wealth of experience and expertise will ensure that the Midland Metropolitan Hospital will service future generations for years to come.”

The British firm plans to commence work on the project in December 2019. The hospital is scheduled to be operational in 2022.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust chief executive Toby Lewis said: “Today is about moving on and looking to the future, as we shortly welcome the return of all works and trades to the site to complete this vital facility.

“The Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham in 2022, and we would like to be in our new home by then, bringing our clinical teams together to deliver the best acute services for our patients and their families.”

The project, which is backed by £350m ($440m) funding from the UK Government, is expected to create 760 jobs during the peak construction period.

Image: Illustration of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital’s Winter Garden in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Edward Williams Architects.

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