Two More New Hospitals for Central Manchester!
Construction of the new Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the new Manchester Royal Infirmary wing is complete.
Their handover marks the last major phase of the four year, £500 million Central Manchester Hospitals development.
Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd, will officially hand over both new buildings to us today.
Roger Potts, general manager at Catalyst Healthcare in Manchester, commented: “Working with our construction partner, Bovis Lend Lease, we have completed and delivered four brand new hospitals in less than two months.
“This handover marks another milestone for the upgrade of Manchester’s vital healthcare resources. Our city now has a suite of the most modern hospitals in the UK, with spacious, attractive and well designed buildings offering the latest treatments and care to both adults and children across the North West.
“The new MRI wing was partly completed in 2007. This new wing will provide new facilities for haematology, renal and acute medicines. All services will benefit from the improvement in facilities with in-patient areas seeing a large increase in the number of single rooms and en-suite facilities.
“The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, the UK’s largest specialist hospital of its type outside London, will be a vast improvement on current facilities. Patient care had previously been delivered from three different sites across Manchester. The new hospital will bring this all together to provide an extensive range of services from a single site close to the city centre.
“This handover marks the official end of construction on the site, although there is a still a significant amount of demolition and landscaping work to be done. As a local man myself, I can speak personally for Catalyst Healthcare and all our PFI partners when I say it has been a privilege to be involved in a project which will have lasting benefits for our city and everyone who lives here.”
A period of preparing the new hospitals will now follow and they will open their doors to patients on 11th July for the MRI and 8th August for the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Hospital Trust chairman, Peter Mount, added: “Today marks the completion of this fantastic development which incorporates our four brand new state-of-the-art hospitals. The new facilities will enable our staff to continue to deliver a high level of care throughout the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. We are delighted to unveil the final stage of our £500 million new hospitals development which we are sure will change the future of healthcare for the people of Manchester and beyond.”
Built by Bovis Lend Lease, and completed on budget, the new wing of the Manchester Royal Infirmary includes purpose-built isolation rooms for renal patients and the facility for in-patients to receive dialysis treatment on their ward. The number of beds in haematology will increase from 18 to 22 and will benefit from a new spinal treatment room and improved isolation facilities.
The new two-storey Manchester Royal Eye Hospital will include 24 examination, five laser treatment and two ultrasound rooms. The ophthalmic ward will house nine single rooms, together with an isolation room, a four-bedded area and consulting and treatment rooms. The day case unit will include six examination, three interview and a number of specialist treatment rooms.
With four cutting-edge hospitals, Manchester’s new healthcare development covers a total area of over 265,000 square metres, nearly twice the size of the Trafford Centre. It will deliver over 1,100 beds to the CMFT and when complete, the project will also provide essential support services such as clinical sciences, education, training and nursery facilities as well as 1,600 car park spaces and site landscaping.
Image 1: (L-R) Roger Potts, general manager, Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd, Graham Hiley, operations director, Bovis Lend Lease, Peter Mount, Trust Chairman, Anthony Leon, non-executive director, Hospital Trust, Jo Eccles, deputy divisional director and lead nurse, and Ellin Trickey, directorate manager at Royal Eye Hospital.
About Catalyst and the New Hospital’s project:
Catalyst was created in 1995 by Bovis Lend Lease to specialise in bidding and winning Private Finance Initiative Healthcare projects. The purpose of this company was to bring together interested private sector specialists in design, construction, facilities management services and finance to deliver new hospitals to NHS Trusts.
Catalyst is one of the leading private partnerships businesses in the UK, operating three completed hospitals in Hexham, Worcester and Calderdale and constructing another five hospitals including Manchester, Leeds, Burnley, Romford and Roehampton. The company is also involved in the redevelopment and management of schools and government buildings.
Catalyst committed to bidding for the Manchester New Hospital’s project and formed a consortium of experienced partners. Shareholdings in the Special Purpose Company include Bovis, Sodexo and HSBC. This company was established by very experienced supply partners in Bovis Lend Lease (design and build), hard and soft FM by Sodexo and lifecycle replacement of Capital Equipment by Vita lend Lease.
The Manchester New Hospitals Project is the largest single investment ever to take place in Greater Manchester's hospitals. The bidding process began in 2000, along with a number of other PFI companies, and in 2002 Central Manchester and Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust chose Catalyst to be their partner to build the new hospitals. In 2004, when the contract was signed between the NHS Trust and Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd, a Manchester specific Catalyst company was formed to project manage the scheme for the next 38 years, through the construction and into operation.