The proposed multi-million development of St Luke’s Hospital Integrated Health Hub in Market Harborough is a step closer to commencing.
NHS Property Services Ltd has appointed Morgan Sindall of Birmingham as the contractor to progress the plans and build the new facility once final approval is given.
Morgan Sindall has been appointed through an established NHS contractors framework following a robust procurement process. The company is now working with NHS Property Services to complete the final design and cost analysis in the business case for the project, which will then go to the boards of the local Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and NHS Property Services this autumn for final approval. Once approved by all three organisations, work can begin on the long awaited facility early next year.
John Harness, Local Area Team Co-ordinator for NHS Property Services in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, said: “I am very pleased that we have now appointed a contractor to help deliver this fantastic new hub.
“The people of Market Harborough have waited many years to see this new facility built and I’m sure there have been times when they thought it would never happen, but I can assure them that it is now happening. We have appointed an experienced contractor and once we have final approvals, we will be able to begin work on site to build this brand new, state-of-the-art health facility, where local people will be able to access a wide range of high quality health services in a safe, high quality, fit-for purpose environment.”
In January NHS England confirmed it had approved the funding needed to build the hub. Since then NHS Property Services has been working with NHS England and East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop the detailed design and costings for the scheme to ensure that it is robust and viable.
Dr David Sharp, Area Director for NHS England (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire), said: “I am delighted to see the appointment of Morgan Sindall as the preferred contractor to progress plans to the next stage. This is an important milestone in the lifespan of this project, and ensures we remain on target for the hospital development to open its doors to the people of Market Harborough in February 2016.”
A spokesperson for East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is really positive news for Market Harborough and we will be working closely with NHS England (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire) and NHS Property Services to ensure that we keep people fully informed of progress with the hospital development over the coming weeks and months.”
Once completed the new hub will become home to a number of health services currently located at Harborough District Hospital and the Welland Unit. These include mental health services, GP Services including minor injuries, radiography and ultrasound, outpatients facilities for rehabilitation, speech and language, ear, nose and throat and ophthalmology as well as a number of other specialist services.