The redevelopment of North Manchester General Hospital is gearing up to begin, with the contractor appointed to deliver £25m of enabling works, a multistorey car park and cycle hub.
Morgan Sindall Construction officially started the works last month and aims to complete them by summer 2022. The project was procured via the Procure Partnerships North West Framework.
Under the plans, approved by the city council in March, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is working alongside delivery partners including developer Bruntwood, to transform the 67-acre hospital site in Crumpsall into a “healthy living campus”, complete with modernised hospital alongside staff training and other healthcare facilities, new homes, a village green and commercial units.
The current hospital buildings are ageing and in need of significant work, the NHS trust has said previously.
The project secured £54m from the Government earlier this year, and architectural firm Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the lead architect. The scheme is expected to cost around £600m in total.
Morgan Sindall is to deliver the enabling works ahead of the main hospital rebuild, and work will include the provision of temporary car parking, asbestos removal, demolition, clinical refurbishment works and a 1,000-space car park plus cycle hub.
As part of the work, the contractor must also deliver a ‘social value’ plan that aims to provide £15.5m of return on investment into the local community. The strategy includes setting up a purpose built ‘Knowledge Quad’ for it and its partners including the hospital to provide community health and engagement initiatives; forging partnerships with local schools; reskilling or retraining apprentices and the long-term unemployed and supporting local charities such as We Love Manchester.
The firm will also commit to delivering on Manchester’s net zero carbon ambitions.
North Manchester General Hospital will continue to operate while the enabling works are ongoing.
Shaun Jones, Manchester area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “The appointment to begin the radical reshaping of a healthcare estate is, in itself, a significant responsibility.
“However, the opportunity to deliver social and economic change as a result of our work and to support the local recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic means this is a project that comes with a real sense of duty.
“This development will effect generational change for North Manchester, creating new jobs, promoting healthy lifestyles, developing skills and contributing to a zero-carbon environment for the benefit of the local neighbourhood and beyond.”
And Ian Lurcock, chief executive of North Manchester General, said: “The ambitious redevelopment programme will help us to improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of local people by delivering outstanding health and care services alongside economic regeneration opportunities.”