The new hospital at Southmead supports local jobs

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The new hospital development at Southmead is boosting the local economy as increasing numbers of jobs and contracts are awarded to people and companies in the greater Bristol area.

Latest figures show that 83% of the workforce working on the construction of the new £430 million hospital at Southmead live within 30 miles of the site.

And 60% of materials used to build the hospital are from Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Since the new development started in 2010, 55 apprentices have been hired to work on the development, which is due to open in 2014.

North Bristol NHS Trust and support services and construction company Carillion which is building the new hospital are committed to supporting the greater Bristol economy by awarding contracts to local companies where possible and providing jobs to the local labour market.

Tricia Down, deputy director of projects at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We have worked closely with Carillion to ensure the new hospital promotes and supports our local economy.

“It is important to us that the new hospital is truly a facility for the communities and people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire not only when it opens in 2014 but during its construction.

“This building will mark the beginning of a new era in healthcare and it is fantastic to think that in years to come local people can say they helped to build the new Southmead Hospital.”

Keith Hutton, project manager for Carillion, said: “We are proud to be leading this historic construction and providing local people with jobs and local firms with contracts, particularly during a difficult period for the construction industries.

“We have worked hard to source the best materials, labour and expertise and the fact that many of them are from within 30 miles of the site underlines the region’s importance in leading the way in new and sustainable industries.”

Marble Mosaic, who provide precast cladding panels and structural units for the construction of new buildings, and are based in Weston-super-Mare, have made and installed the 7,260m2 area of reconstructed Bath stone panels on the external walls of the new hospital.

Managing director Stephen Maddalena said: “We are proud to have been a part of building the new hospital at Southmead.

“The panels are made at our factory in Weston-super-Mare with high perfoming thermal properties which provide long term energy efficiencies for the hospital.

“The commitment to using local businesses also has wider advantages, for instance fewer delivery miles is not only a greener solution but also means we can respond to needs at the site in an efficient and timely way.”