Kier gets go-ahead for hospital unit

by Jim Dunton Mon 30 December 2013, 12:30 pm

Kier Construction has been given full approval to build a new medium-secure unit for men at St Bernard's Hospital in Southall.

The scheme, which is being conducted in partnership with West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT), has now been backed by the Department of Health and is part of the wider redevelopment of the site planned for the next few years.

Kier said the project was worth £43 million, and had been approved at the same time as its £115 million redevelopment of the Broadmoor high-security mental healthcare facility in Berkshire.

WLMHT chairman Nigel McCorkell said the go-ahead from the department was a significant achievement that would allow the “extensive modernisation process” of both facilities to begin.

The trust added that while most progress had been made with the proposals for the new medium-secure unit at St Bernard’s, it was “looking at various redevelopment projects” to improve the site.

Kier Construction managing director Colin Lamb said that the firm had “a proven track record” of delivering highly complex projects creating facilities for the health sector.

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