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Work on new £13 million Altrincham Hospital set to start within weeks

Altrincham New Build artist's impression

Healthcare in Altrincham is in line for significant improvement following the signing of a contract which will see additional services on offer at the new £13 million hospital set to be built in the town centre.

The original plans would have seen the new hospital on Railway Street replacing services at the existing hospital on a like-for-like basis, offering new high quality facilities and better disabled access. Following a new agreement between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and development partner Citybranch, the Trust will be taking more space and additional services will be offered at the hospital

Adrian Roberts, Finance Director at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This agreement is a great way to begin 2013 and will result in a new state-of-the-art hospital for the town and a significant boost to healthcare services for people living in and around Altrincham.

"The expanded development that has now been agreed will provide us not only with modern, high quality facilities for our existing services, but also with an opportunity to develop additional services for local people."

The original agreement was for the Trust to occupy 4,560 square metres to accommodate existing services which include a minor injuries unit, a range of out-patient clinics, physiotherapy, X-ray, and blood tests.  CMFT has now agreed to purchase an additional 2,263 square metres.

Not only will the additional space mean additional services, it will also provide employment opportunities and bring more people in to the town centre - helping the wider regeneration of the area.

Adam Gross, Managing Director of Citybranch, said: "This agreement marks the culmination of many months of hard work and planning and we are now looking forward to starting on site as soon as possible.

"The new hospital will not only provide excellent healthcare facilities but will also play an absolutely crucial role in the regeneration of the wider area.

"Extra services means extra footfall, which means more people visiting the town centre. It's good news all round and people will soon begin to see a major transformation on Railway Street."

The existing hospital on Market Street will be redeveloped once all health services have been transferred to the new building. Its Victorian façade will be retained but the site will play a key role in the regeneration of the town's historic market quarter.

With the completion of all contracts, demolition is set to start on-site within a matter of weeks (January 2013) and construction work will commence in late spring 2013. The new hospital is expected to open to the public in early 2015.

Councillor Matt Colledge, Chair of Altrincham Forward and Leader of Trafford Council, said: "This is fantastic news for Altrincham. Not only will the new hospital provide a modern facility for Trafford residents, but it's also set to play a key part in driving forward the transformation of the town centre.

"The site of the new hospital on Railway Street sits on a key route into the town. By replacing a long-empty row of shop units with a superb new health facility, housed in a building which really enhances the area, this development will not only bring in more people, but also create a great first impression for those arriving in the town.

"It also has the added benefit of releasing the old hospital site, which will form the centre piece of the next step of Altrincham's regeneration of the market quarter."

Judie Collins, long term campaigner for the new hospital and Chair of Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society, said: "This is such good news for the town centre. I would like to say a big thank you to Citybranch who stuck with us and to Central Manchester University Hospitals, which had the foresight to give us extra facilities in the new build. What an excellent start to 2013."