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Tilbury Douglas to build £26.5m Stoke-on-Trent hospital

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Tilbury Douglas to build £26.5m Stoke-on-Trent hospital

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​Tilbury Douglas is set to build a £26.5m community hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) has submitted plans to replace the Haywood Community Hospital outpatients building – with Tilbury Douglas lined up to deliver the scheme if it is approved.

The new building will house outpatient rheumatology services, diagnostics, physiotherapy and neurotherapy. It will still be accessed via the hospital's main buildings.

The current outpatients building's roof contains Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), a lightweight concrete used from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.

NHS England is set to remove RAAC from all NHS buildings as it is an outdated and prefabricated concrete plank that poses potential safety issues.

To meet net-zero carbon targets, the building will use sustainable energy sources and more efficient construction methods going forward.

To fund the build, MPFT has been allocated £18.2m through the NHS national programme, with the remaining £8.3m sourced from local capital allocations.

Tilbury Douglas managing director for building in central England Simon Butler said: “As a highly experienced healthcare construction contractor, we will work collaboratively with MPFT to deliver this new facility which will improve the experience of patients and staff.

“The new building will also feature sustainable energy sources and more efficient construction methods to meet net-zero carbon targets.”

MPFT chief executive Neil Carr said: “We are committed to investing in the future of health and care to make life better for the communities we serve, and this exciting new development to replace the outpatients building at Haywood Hospital with a new £26.5m facility will serve to improve the lives of local people.

“This major investment for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will enable our staff and teams to work more closely together than ever before to deliver services that more effectively tackle health challenges being faced locally.”

Written by Catrin Picton - Construction News.