Bam to build £68m Salford trauma hospital

The contractor has been selected by the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to build a 105,000 sq ft facility as part of the Salford Royal hospital, and will start construction next month.

Salford City Council approved plans for the six-storey James Potter Building – previously known as the Acute Receiving Centre – in December 2019.

The six-storey centre is intended to support Salford Royal’s role as the major trauma centre for Greater Manchester. It will feature a resuscitation area, five emergency theatres, inpatient beds, diagnostic imaging and a helipad.

Once complete, the specialist facility is expected to receive 90% of all major trauma patients in Greater Manchester, for example, people who have been involved in a serious road traffic accident or serious fall. It will also be the hub site for high-risk general surgery across Bolton, Salford and Wigan.

The £68m project is part of the Government’s national Health Infrastructure Plan to deliver 48 hospitals across the country by 2030, and Bam Construction’s appointment follows a competitive process under the Procure22 Health Framework.

Bam is on site carrying out enabling works and a full construction programme is due to start on 22 February. Day Architectural has led on the design of the project. The scheme is targeted to complete in summer 2023.

The Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group. The development is named in honour of the group’s recently retired long-standing chairman Jim Potter.

Raj Jain, chief executive of the Northern Care Alliance, said: “This important facility has been many years in the planning with a number of our local, regional and national partners and it’s great to now be just weeks away from the official start date of construction.

“We are proud to be the major trauma centre for Greater Manchester and this centre and the amazing facilities and our specialist clinical teams it will allow us to provide trauma care and services to an additional 400 patients per year and help save more lives.”

Rob Bailey, Bam’s healthcare construction manager, added: “We have worked extensively on the design and construction programme with the trust to understand fully what their requirements are, and focus completely on what matters to them – providing a high-quality building in which their patients are cared for and their staff can provide that care.

“That is how buildings should be delivered, with the outcomes the client wants placed at the centre.”

Bam was also involved in the build of two of the UK’s Nightingale hospitals last year.


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Great facility that we will be very fortunate to have. Architecturally it’s a bit of trauma on the eyes but maybe that’s what they were going for.

By Thumbs Up

I’ve noticed a real proliferation of grey cladding on live and proposed schemes in the north west lately.

Personally, I don’t think it works well at all. If it is supposed to be some kind of neutral or achromatic colour, occupying intermediate ground and a back-palette contrast to more striking hues on the building envelope then I think that is not actually succeeding at all. We are being left with very dull looking buildings in Greater Manchester.

Perhaps all this is a response to the busy facades of the last two decades with multi-coloured render, terracotta cladding, and contrasting chequerboard panels.

Whatever it is…this grey frenzy needs to be kept in check, because having the pendulum lurch from one extreme aesthetic to another equally bad aesthetic just gives us consistency of mediocrity.

By Vince M

I believe that’s the helicopter landing pad on the roof. My mum’s in the flats opposite….think it’s going to get noisy!

By Roger

Fantastic news its going to be the in the North West

By Wayne tomlinson

Could somebody please explain what the yellow scaff half way up is about? It doesnt look to be serving any purpose? Just an ugly waste of resources.

By Dear Oh Dear

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