Kier tops out Heatherwood Hospital in England

WCN Editorial Team 17 Feb 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction firm Kier has announced the topping-out of Heatherwood Hospital in the south of England.

In January 2019, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust selected Kier to undertake works as part of the £98m transformation programme at the Heatherwood Hospital to provide first-class facilities for Ascot and the surrounding area.

The 11,500m² site will provide first-class out-patient and diagnostic facilities for cardiology, radiology, lithotripsy, physiotherapy, and orthodontics.

Additionally, the building will comprise six operating theatres and 48 in-patient beds, plus 22-day case cubicles.

Kier Regional Building Southern operations director Martin Reilly said: “Today marks an important milestone in the completion of the new building that is part of the transformation programme at Heatherwood Hospital.

“Over the last 12 months, work has progressed well and we are delighted that we are one step closer to providing vital new facilities for the hospital and its patients.

"We always look to leave a lasting legacy in areas in which we build. Working collaboratively with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, we have engaged with the local community throughout this project as well as providing training opportunities for those who are considering a career within the built environment.”

The hospital is expected to provide services for 168,000 people annually, twice that of the existing hospital’s capacity, within 10 years of its opening.

Frimley Health chief executive Neil Dardis said: “Our board gave the green light just a year ago and it is remarkable how much progress has been made since then. Kier are doing a fantastic job.

“It is so exciting to reach this milestone and to have the completion of the new hospital in sight. It will be among the best facilities of its kind in the NHS and we will finally have the facilities that our fantastic Heatherwood teams and the patients they care for deserve.”

Kier said it has delivered over 70 schemes for NHS Trusts in the last six years through the P21+ and P22 frameworks, including the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Centre in Barnsley.

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Officials from Kier among others during topping out ceremony at Heatherwood Hospital. (Credit: Kier Group plc)

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