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