Birmingham Women’s Hospital is to undergo the biggest redevelopment in its 47-year history – with a £63 million facelift.
The hospital, which has been on its Edgbaston site since 1968, is to get a new gynaecology unit, expanded maternity unit and new in-patient accommodation, with entirely single-patient bedrooms.
The refurbishment will be completed by 2019, enabling the hospital to handle greater numbers of deliveries and increasing the number of neonatal cots.
The four-year £63 million building contract has been awarded to the West Midlands arm of leading UK property group Kier.
It comes amid plans of a merger with Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Prof Ros Keeton, chief executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be working with Kier to redevelop our hospital. “We have been delivering healthcare services for women and families – not just in Birmingham and the West Midlands, but nationally and internationally – from our present site since 1968.
“Since then a lot has changed. This development will provide us with modern facilities so we can continue to deliver the very best healthcare and meet the rising demand for our services.”
Kier will complete the work in a number of phases, starting later this year with the construction of the new clinical block, forming a major new extension. Designs for the new block will be developed through consultation with staff, women and their families.
The hospital will remain fully operational throughout the programme of work.
Kier framework manager Robbie Blackhurst said: “We are pleased to be working with a new client, Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, to develop an equally successful collaborative relationship. By 2019 this important project will see existing accommodation replaced with fit for purpose spaces and infrastructure needed to deliver modern healthcare.”
The first phase will see the Norton Court clinical genetics unit demolished and a clinical block erected plus a new entrance and energy centre provided.