UK supports Midland Metropolitan hospital with $440m funding

WCN Editorial Team 14 Oct 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK Government has announced £350m ($440m) in funding to support the completion of Midland Metropolitan hospital.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid had given his approval for the project, which has been stalled since the collapse of Carillon last year.

The funding is part of the UK Government’s recent commitment of £2.7bn ($3.4bn) to fund six new hospitals, £850m ($1.06bn) for 20 hospital upgrades and £100m ($125m) towards the development of business case proposals for new building projects across 34 hospitals.

With the funding now in place, NHS Trust is expected to finalise Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder and could sign a contract for the construction work in the next few weeks.

Sajid Javid said: “It is absolutely right that the Midland Metropolitan hospital is completed so that doctors and nurses working for our NHS across the West Midlands can deliver excellent care in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities.

“This investment of £350 million will help deliver on the people’s priorities of improving the NHS and levelling up services available across the country.”

The new Midland Metropolitan hospital is expected to bring together urgent care services from two hospitals across the region at one place, promoting better patient safety and care while bringing value to taxpayers’ money.

The project is expected to be completed in April 2022.

In October 2018, Balfour Beatty secured £10m ($12.5m) Early Works Contract for the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital, on behalf of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

The work will include repair and replacement of a number of partially completed elements, including metal balustrading and extract flumes to prevent further deterioration and ensure the scheme remains fully safe and secure.

The funding is part of NHS long term plan and sets out how the NHS will improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. It is backed a commitment of an extra £33.9bn ($42.6bn) a year by 2023-2024.

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Image: Midland Metropolitan Hospital under construction. Photo: Courtesy of Elliott Brown/Wikipedia.org.

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