GMI Construction has commenced work on York’s new acquired brain injury hospital at the Chocolate Works, for property developer HBD.
The company has been selected as contractor for the hospital development which is slated for completion by February 2023.
Set to be run by The Disabilities Trust, the new brain injury hospital marks the latest phase of HBD’s Chocolate Works development.
In October last year, the City of York Council’s planning committee granted approval for the hospital.
The new unit will secure 145 healthcare jobs and provide 36 beds across four wards and four assessment flats.
Additionally, the scheme will create three private and internal courtyards for service users, and a therapeutic garden.
GMI Construction Group Yorkshire divisional managing director Andrew Hurcomb said: “We are exceptionally proud to be part of the delivery team for this project.
“It demonstrates a key element of our strategy to support levelling up activity in key sectors such as health, and it’s fantastic to see a brand-new facility of this quality being developed in York.
“Our team is working closely with HBD and the Disabilities Trust and has demonstrated its responsiveness by mobilising quickly to get this important project underway.”
Following a successful public consultation in June last year, a planning application was submitted the following month.
Planning and heritage consultant JLL, principle architect Jefferson Sheard are supporting HBD and The Disabilities Trust for the project.
The Disabilities Trust corporate services director Bill Chidgey said: “Seeing work starting on site is an exciting milestone for us – we’re relieved to have secured the future of the unit in York and we look forward to seeing the plans come to life and becoming part of the fantastic community at the Chocolate Works.”
The new brain injury hospital will be run by The Disabilities Trust. Credit: GMI Construction.