Willmott Dixon secures hospital expansion contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 22 Jul 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Willmott Dixon has secured a £7.8m contract to remodel and expand the Dorset County Hospital’s emergency department in the UK.

The contract will see the creation of a new entrance, and expansion of the emergency department wards into the existing courtyard area.

Moreover, the building is planned to be designed to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ specification.

Willmott said that the new Dorchester hospital’s emergency department, procured using the SCAPE framework, will allow Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to accommodate the increasing number of patients.

The contract marks the second on the Dorchester site for Dorset Country Hospital.

Willmott secured first contract at the site from property developer Prime to build a seven-storey car park. The 654 space car park facility is intended for patients, visitors and staff.

Willmott Dixon Central South region managing director Richard Poulter said: “We are delighted to start our second project on the Dorchester site for Dorset Country Hospital, delivering a cutting-edge remodel and expansion of the existing emergency department.

“Once complete, the facility will provide a platform for Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to continue delivering their outstanding service within the local community.”

Willmott said that the expanded emergency department will become new home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation. It will also become one of the largest patient-focused immunology centres in Europe.

SCAPE group chief executive Mark Robinson said: “By designing low-carbon solutions in from the beginning, the building will be highly sustainable and support our collective efforts to build back greener.”

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The contract involves the creation of a new entrance. Credit: Willmott Dixon.

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