hospital in Berwick

Offsite construction specialist, Merit has been awarded the new £30m hospital in Berwick

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has awarded the hospital in Berwick to Merit which will transform healthcare and patient experience for those living in the area.

Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to appoint Merit.

“As an experienced and well-established construction specialist, with a varied and impressive portfolio, I can assure the people of Berwick that we are confident that Merit will deliver a state-of-the-art hospital.

“It is fantastic that they are a local company, based in Cramlington.”

‘Delivering 21st century healthcare’

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Mackey added: “For too long, residents have needed a new hospital which is fit to deliver 21st century healthcare, now and for future generations, and is equipped to embrace the latest technology to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.

“Our new hospital will also enable closer working with primary care, again improving patient care and experience.

“In these uncertain and difficult times, this is an extremely welcome innovative development, which will also generate 300 jobs per year during construction and support the local economy.

“I would like to reassure everyone in Berwick that we will keep them regularly updated as this exciting project progresses.”

Work to enable the demolition of vacant parts of the current hospital is to begin this month and will enable the construction of the new development on the northern end of the site to begin in the Summer.

Merit managing director, Tony Wells, said: “We are delighted to be working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver Berwick’s new hospital.

“As Merit is based in Northumberland we are proud to be delivering a facility in our local area.

“Merit recently launched a new division, Merit Health, to provide healthcare providers and patients with next generation hospital facilities.

“We have collaborated with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management (NHFM) to develop a design that is zero carbon emissions, has built in infection control and is technically enabled for the future of health care.

“A large part of the construction work will be undertaken offsite in the Merit factory in Cramlington.

“The use of offsite manufacture means that Merit can control the quality, significantly improve the programme and minimise disruption to those who live and work in Berwick.”

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