£118 Million Healthcare Project Boosts First Class Reputation

Dale Potts
With an unrivalled reputation for successfully delivering high profile healthcare schemes, the Stockton-on-Tees office has reached financial close on the £118 million North Middlesex University Hospital PFI project.

Working for the consortium, Bynorth - which includes Bouygues Construction UK Ltd and Ecovert FM Ltd - Faithful+Gould is undertaking the role of technical advisor. Over the past decade Faithful+Gould has provided similar services in connection with more than 15 healthcare projects totalling in excess of £4 billion, drawing on the availability of in-house specialist experience.

The project will see the replacement of the older part of the hospital’s existing estate to provide:

• An Emergency Care Centre including Adult and Children’s Accident and Emergency, Emergency Imaging, including X-ray, CT and MRI scanning and an Emergency Assessment and Admissions Unit, equipped with 48 beds for short stay treatment.

• An Acute and Critical Care Centre, incorporating four main theatres and a Critical Care Unit with 12 beds and 90 inpatient surgical beds for acute care.

• A Diagnostic and Treatment Centre incorporating Day Theatres, an Endoscopy Suite and a Planned Imaging Unit as well as an outpatient department.

Jonathan Wilson a consultant, from Faithful+Gould, said:

"The project is a significant improvement to the provision of health care services in North Middlesex. The new facility, which is to be built on the existing site, will replace a fragmented existing estate which is generally in poor condition. The construction logistics are complex as the existing hospital is required to be maintained in an operational condition healthcare services and availability of car parking and public transport links during the construction period."

"Personally, the most rewarding aspect of projects like this is achieving financial close. The next objective that our team is working towards with the consortium, is to achieve completion of construction and occupation of the new building."

Post financial close, Faithful+Gould will be providing a construction monitoring service to the project funders, which will include monitoring construction progress and certifying the value of construction works. Upon completion of construction, facilities management services will be delivered for a 32-year concession period.

The project is expected to be completed and fully operational by 2011.