Kier to build clinical buildings at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jan 2022 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Kier to design and build new 16,700m2 clinical buildings at Luton & Dunstable (L&D) University Hospital in the UK.

This project, procured through the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework, is expected to improve maternity, neonatal, theatres and critical care services.

The project features design and construction of a new acute services block and a new ward block that will house a delivery suite, the midwifery-led birthing unit, a neonatal intensive care unit with parent accommodation, an ambulatory surgical unit to support day case surgery, theatre suites and a critical care unit.

A new five-storey link building will feature three passenger lifts and will combine the new acute services and ward block with the existing hospital.

These new buildings will be built in a live hospital environment in the core of the existing hospital estate, with neighbouring clinical blocks continuing to operate throughout the build programme.

Kier will use low-carbon concrete in the building frame and floor slabs while several building components will be pre-fabricated off site to cut down vehicle movements as well as carbon emissions.

Kier also plans to use electrically-powered plant and machinery, including tower cranes and 360 degree dumper trucks.

Besides creating new full-time job opportunities, 15 apprenticeships and work experience placements, the project will reduce some 7,900t of waste from landfill and offer 350 hours of environmental education to subcontractors on site.

The project will commence on site in February and is due for completion in 2024.

Kier Construction group managing director Liam Cummins said: “This is a key appointment through the Government’s CCS framework and is one of the 20 projects that the Government announced in August 2019 to receive £850m additional capital funding investment. We have been, and will continue to, implement the Construction Playbook and its principles and policies throughout project delivery.

“Kier brings a breadth of experience in delivering large healthcare facilities, as well as localised experience of the provision of opportunities for the local community through our Luton DART project.”

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust director of redevelopment and strategic planning Melanie Banks said: “We are delighted to have appointed Kier as our contractor to deliver the Acute Services Block and New Ward Block at the L&D. This has been many years in the planning and we are thrilled that work will start imminently.

“These buildings will provide modern facilities, allowing our teams to continue delivering excellent care to the local community.”

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Image: The project will start on site in the next month and is due for completion in 2024. Credit: Kier Group PLC

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