A Carillion Joint Venture, The Hospital Company, was selected as preferred bidder by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to create the hospital through a Public Private Partnership under a 30-year concession contract using the UK Government’s PF2 model.
The new state-of-the-art hospital, which will have around 670 beds and 15 operating theatre suites, has been designed to meet the best international and national standards to make it patient focussed and to support the efficient delivery of high-quality clinical services.
Featuring a number of innovative design details, the proposed hospital includes a landscape concept developed by Grant Associates in collaboration with the scheme’s architect HKS and masterplan designer Edward Williams Architects.
Grant Associates’ guiding design principle is to fully exploit the link between contact with nature and health/wellbeing. The practice’s holistic approach to landscaping uses spaces across the hospital site to create a green infrastructure that includes sensory gardens, courtyards, an enclosed Winter Garden and a large brown roof terrace for wildlife.
Other notable design features for the hospital include car parking within the main building on the ground and first floors to create a secure environment for both patients and staff and full separation of clinical activities and journeys from the public and non-clinical services. In addition, the design and construction of the hospital will meet the highest standards of sustainability.
Carillion expects to invest some £16 million of equity in the project, which will be built by Carillion at a capital cost of £297 million. Hard facilities management and life-cycle maintenance services will also be delivered by Carillion and these services are expected to generate approximately £140 million of revenue over the life of the concession contract.
Financial close is expected around the end of 2015 with construction starting early in 2016. Completion is scheduled for mid-2018, with the hospital opening in late 2018.