Kier, a provider of construction and infrastructure services, has broken ground of a new £15m Acute Medicine Unit (AMU) at Torbay Hospital in the UK.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust operate Torbay Hospital.

The AMW is expected to cut down overcrowding in the hospital’s emergency department.

Currently, AMU has 26 assessment spaces for patients; the new facility will increase this to 52 assessment spaces.

Procured through the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), the project is expected to complete by Kier by spring 2022.

During the construction of the project, Kier will work with local supply chain partners to deliver the project.  

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Kier Regional Building Western & Wales operations director Doug Lloyd said: “We were delighted to be joined by members of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust at today’s groundbreaking ceremony which celebrates the start of works on this critically important new healthcare facility at Torbay Hospital.

“We have vast experience in delivering healthcare projects and we will utilise our skills, alongside our local supply chain partners, to deliver a new building which is bigger and provides a range of state-of-the-art amenities to effectively serve the hospital team and its patients.”

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Liz Davenport said: “The construction of Torbay Hospital’s new Acute Medicine Unit will transform the delivery of care for both patients and staff. The new facility will help ensure that patients continue to receive a high level of care in the most appropriate setting, and I thank everyone involved in the project that has enabled us to get to this point.

“I look forward to seeing the developments progress over the next 12 months before we begin to see the benefits that this exciting development will bring for our patients, staff and visitors.”


Image: Kier starts work on £15m Acute Medicine Unit at Torbay Hospital. Credit: Kier.