Trust announces front-runner for new super-hospital at Southmead

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The ground-breaking super-hospital at Southmead has reached a major milestone in its development with the announcement that Carillion is the front runner to design and build the new £430 million PFI scheme.
This news means that North Bristol NHS Trust will work with Carillion to complete the detailed designs for the new state-of-the-art 800-bed hospital. It will open its doors to its first patients in 2013/14.
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The benefits of the new hospital will be:
- A majority of patients will have their own room with their own bathroom facilities. The new hospital will have more single rooms than any other NHS hospital in the country increasing privacy and reducing the risk of infection
- The hospital will be easy to get around and easy to understand once you are inside with one main entrance
- A helipad enabling air ambulance crews to get seriously ill patients straight into the Emergency Department
- There will be plenty of parking for patients and visitors - one of the 600 space multi-storey car parks will be situated right next to the main entrance. There will be 2,700 spaces in total across the hospital site
- Appropriate services placed next to each other such as A&E and radiology, cutting down the travel times for patients getting around the hospital
- Care for the most seriously ill patients will be improved with 20 percent more intensive care and high dependency beds
- The design of the hospital means that it will make maximum use of natural light, be fresh and airy, and with views of the outside world – creating a much better environment for staff and patients
- The buildings have been fully future-proofed – flexibility in room design means they will be able to change purpose over time as medicine changes
- For the first time all clinical staff and specialties will be based under one roof – getting an expert opinion and speed of diagnosis and treatment will be greatly improved
- The new hospital will be the most environmentally friendly of its size in the country. It will have a low energy consumption figure, consuming no more than 40 gigajoules per one hundred cubic metres which is half the level of the current hospital. It will also meet other targets including reduced carbon emissions, use of recycled material in the building construction and minimisation of landfill in construction waste
- There will also be better facilities to support people who choose not to drive their car to work such as better cycling services, motorbike parking, bus services that will go into the heart of the site and drop off at the main entrance as well as car club services.
In addition, Carillion plans to recruit from the local area, either directly or via its local supply chain, 85% of the workforce needed to provide the new facilities – providing a major source of employment during the current economic downturn.
The Trust must now complete an Appointment Business Case (ABC) which ensures the scheme is affordable and sustainable for the future before Carillion is formally appointed as the chosen developer of the hospital. This is a requirement of the PFI procurement process and it is anticipated that this will take place next month.
Once this is completed and approved by the local health economy and the South West Strategic Health Authority, it will be submitted to the Department of Health and HM Treasury for final approval. It is anticipated final approval will take place in April.
The next stage is for Carillion to submit a planning application for the scheme to Bristol City Council in the next few months.
Sonia Mills, Chief Executive, said: “This is an important and exciting stage in the process and means that we can now move to final consideration of the contract and, subject to final approvals, construction work can begin in earnest at the site later this year.
“We will soon be in a position to publicise the designs to the public who will be using the new facilities and I feel sure they will be as excited as the many staff who have been working on the plans.
“A great deal of enabling work is already taking place on the Southmead site to create space for the new hospital, and we begin to move into these new buildings in the late summer.

“The Trust aims to support the regeneration of the Southmead area as part of this redevelopment project. We will be working with the Council and other organisations to develop plans to bring employment and services to the local people.
“Great attention has been paid to the overall design of the site and the building to ensure that an environment is developed that supports wellbeing, can be enjoyed by staff, patients and the local community and is long-lasting.”

Martin Morse, Medical Director, said: “This represents a major step on the path towards provision of improved healthcare, not only for the people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire, but for all those throughout the South-West and from further afield who look to Bristol for their healthcare.
“Being able to put the expertise and equipment needed to support specialties required for acute hospital care on to one site, rather than being spread between Frenchay and Southmead, is something that clinical staff at the two hospitals have long wished for.
“To be able to do so in a newly built hospital of cutting edge design, with the latest technology and hugely improved facilities, will be an additional fantastic benefit for both patients and staff.

“The internal design of the building takes account of best practice in terms of clinical functionality and provides for future flexibility to allow for changes in how care is provided.”
Carillion Chief Executive, John McDonough, said: “We are delighted that North Bristol NHS Trust intends to select Carillion as the preferred bidder for this prestigious contract.
“We look forward to working with the Trust to deliver this state-of-the-art hospital, which will transform acute healthcare for people in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Health is a key sector for Carillion and the new hospital is our seventeenth PPP hospital, further enhancing Carillion’s position as a leader in the sector.”