Willmott Dixon secures £7.8m hospital expansion in Dorset

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Dorset hospital expansion,

Procured using the SCAPE framework, Willmott Dixon has been appointed to remodel and expand Dorset County Hospital’s emergency department

The Dorset County contract involves two new extensions; one to create a new entrance and the other to expand the emergency department wards into the existing courtyard area.

It will become the new home of the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and one of the largest patient-focused immunology centres in Europe.

Earlier this year, Willmott Dixon was contracted by health and care property developer Prime to build a seven-storey, 654 space car park for patients, visitors and staff spanning seven floors.

Maximising local community benefits

Mark Robinson, SCAPE group chief executive, said: “Willmott Dixon has a proven track record in delivering high-quality healthcare facilities, and using the speed, certainty and embedded social value requirements of the SCAPE framework ensures the local community benefits are maximised at every stage.

“By designing low-carbon solutions in from the beginning, the building will be highly sustainable and support our collective efforts to build back greener.”

Richard Poulter, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s Central South region, added: “We are delighted to start our second project on the Dorchester site for Dorset Country Hospital, delivering a cutting-edge remodel and expansion of the existing emergency department.

“Once complete, the facility will provide a platform for Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to continue delivering their outstanding service within the local community.”

Sustainability will be at the heart of the project, with the building being designed to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ specification.

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