BAM wins £100m contract to upgrade hospitals in Bristol, UK

WCN Editorial Team 13 May 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

BAM Construction has been selected by construction partner by the University Hospital’s Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) to upgrade health facilities in Bristol, UK.

As per the contract worth £100m, BAM’s team of architects, engineers and construction professionals will work with the Trust on its plans for several health facilities including haematology, cancer and oncology, a cardiology research unit.

BAM’s appointment falls under the UK Government’s Procure 22 capital framework for health projects.

BAM and UHBW are conducting feasibility studies to further the development of the estates. They are examining emergency and urgent care. The total investment will depend on what schemes will progress.

UHBW Capital associate director Carly Palmer said: “Our five-year strategic and annual operational capital programmes will take in a wide range of construction schemes, from internal refurbishments, complex internal redesigns and new build developments.

“This is an integral part of our modernising our hospitals so that patients receive the benefit of cutting edge healthcare, centres of excellence across a wide range of specialist and increasingly personalised services.

“Our work with our construction partners is therefore of great importance, so selecting a partner that fully understands our needs and supports our approach is vitally important.”

BAM also said that it has started on site for its first scheme, a Cath Lab facility which includes extending the Trust’s cardiology ward capacity with extensions to two existing wards. The work is expected to be completed by this September.

BAM construction director Graham Kingdon said: “Despite being one of the world’s most modern construction groups, our pedigree in healthcare goes back over a century, and our understanding of this vital sector is extremely strong. Our philosophy has always been the same: you cannot succeed alone.

“No matter how much modern technology one uses, it is collaborative working with all the partners that allows you to listen properly to a complex and sensitive client like a hospital, and translate that across the designers and supply chain down to the last detail so that you deliver exactly what is needed.”

Other partners of the Trust include Stretto, architects Stride Treglown, Avanti & BDP, WSP, Hoare Lea, Hulley& Kirkwood and QED.

MEPH contractors engaged to date are: T Clarke and Briggs & Forester.

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Artist’s rendering of UHBW’s Cardiovascular Research Unit. (Credit: Royal BAM Group nv.)

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