International property and construction consultancy Gleeds has been named as the NEC4 project manager on the Midland Metropolitan Hospital development in Smethwick, West Midlands. Appointed under the NHS Shared Business Services framework, the business will be supported by Arup and Stride Treglown as works supervisors on behalf of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.
The new state-of-the-art facility will be the first new hospital to open in the West Midlands since 2010. Its 670-bed urgent care centre will replace the accident and emergency departments at both Sandwell and City hospitals, while its treatment centre will be equipped with cutting edge diagnostic equipment and 15 operating theatres, allowing it to offer specialised surgery and maternity services to approximately three quarters of a million residents across the Black Country and Birmingham.
Located on a 16.76 acre brownfield site on Grove Lane in Smethwick, the finished hospital is expected to cover around 80,600m2 and will have capacity to care for approximately 81,455 inpatients and 115,045 outpatients every year. After a nine month suspension, remedial works to prepare the site for completion and ensure it remains safe and secure resumed late last year and the facility is expected to be ready to open its doors to patients by 2022.
Mike Penny, director at Gleeds who will be leading on the project, said:
“Gleeds has extensive experience of delivering large healthcare schemes and has put together a team of experts with a vast pool of technical knowledge upon which we can draw to assist in the delivery of this project. By joining forces with Arup and Stride Treglown, to supervise the works we further strengthen our offering, supporting the NHS in achieving its goal of providing fully integrated care of the highest quality”.
Dave Pitman, healthcare engineering director at Arup added:
“Our team of engineers has UK-wide and international experience of hospital and healthcare facility design. We are pleased to be able to contribute our expertise to a project that will make such a significant, positive impact for the residents of the Black Country and Birmingham.
Daniel van Luttmer of Stride Treglown went on to say:
“As part of this experienced NEC team, our national specialist healthcare architects will locally support our Client in successfully completing the partially-finished building to a high standard”