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Day Architectural designed the hospital scheme extension

Final sign-off for £28m Royal Oldham expansion 

Dan Whelan

Contractor Integrated Health Projects, a joint venture between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, is to build a 64,000 sq ft block that includes two surgical wards and an emergency operating theatre.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs the Royal Oldham Hospital on Rochdale Road, said work would start in the coming months and is targeted to complete by spring 2023, after a business case for the £28m project was approved. 

The enhanced surgical facilities planned for Royal Oldham are intended to allow the hospital to operate as the hub site for high-risk and emergency general and colorectal surgery for the north-east of Greater Manchester, according to a statement from the Northern Care Alliance. 

Oldham Council granted planning approval for the scheme last August, paving the way for the demolition of the hospital’s two-storey K block, the single-storey timber Anti-Coagulation Clinic, and the construction of the new facility. 

Designed by Day Architectural, the four-storey block will connect to the main hospital building at all levels, and include an open central atrium. 

Consultancy Arup provided planning advice and TPM Landscape is the landscape architect for the project. 

David Jago, chief officer at the Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “The new surgical hub will provide much-needed expertise to the people of north-east Greater Manchester.  It will enable other developments at the Royal Oldham, which will advance our ambitions to provide care and employment to the people of Oldham and beyond.” 

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The hospital could open by spring 2023

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