Skanska at the sharp end of two new hospital projects

Press release 27/10/2014 09:00 CET

Skanska is working on two contracts, worth a combined £5.7 million, to oversee the construction of a new 30-bed ward and upgrade specialist sterile services at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Walsall Manor Hospital

As part of a £4.6 million capital works contract, Skanska is managing the construction of a new 30-bed ward adjacent to the main hospital. The ward will be used as additional accommodation while refurbishment works are carried out in the main building.

Skanska is also managing the £1.1 million upgrade to the hospital’s sterile services unit. The work includes the replacement of sterilisers and washer disinfectors, upgrades to mechanical and electrical services systems and re-decoration of the facility.

The work is being carried out while the area is retained as a live working department.

Both projects, for Walsall NHS Healthcare Trust, are due for completion in December 2014.

Katy Dowding, Managing Director of Skanska’s Facilities Services Business, said:

“We are delighted to be carrying out these works for such an important client, building on the fantastic relationships we have developed over the past three years.

“We have excellent experience of working in live hospital sites, which are challenging and complex environments for major construction and refurbishment operations.

“This appointment is testament not only to our technical capability but also our collaborative approach – working closely with building managers and clinicians to ensure patients continue to receive the best possible care while works are carried out.”

Skanska designed, built, financed and is now operating Walsall Manor Hospital.

The £174 million redevelopment included extensive work to the existing facilities to create a single unified hospital, completed in 2011. This included a new state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre along with a new women, children and young peoples centre linked to the existing maternity unit.