hospital extension

Willmott Dixon has been chosen by the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a £14.5m extension of the Emergency Department at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

The hospital refurbishment will provide a new CT scanning department, a new drop off area for visitors, as well as the remodelling and landscaping of external areas outside the main entrance.

With the refurbishment taking place while the existing Emergency Department is operational, Willmott Dixon has created an internal link tunnel so patients and staff can safely move between the hospital buildings.

Melanie Banks, deputy director of redevelopment at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The extension and refurbishment of the Emergency Department at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is another step forward on a planned journey to redevelop the site.

“The project provides much needed space and facilities for patients, whilst allowing staff to continue to deliver high quality care. In addition, the project enables advancements in technology and further paves the way to a more sustainable future.”

The project has been procured using the SCAPE framework.

Improving healthcare for the community

Mark Robinson, group chief executive at SCAPE, commented: “The NHS is currently navigating an unprecedented pull on both resources that demands new and improved facilities and accelerated development schemes.

“At SCAPE, we’re grateful for the excellent service that is being provided in highly challenging circumstances from our NHS workers.”

“We’re extremely proud to be able to speed up the delivery of the much-needed extension and refurbishments our partner Willmott Dixon is delivering at Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust via SCAPE Construction – a direct award framework that enables collaboration, efficiency and savings in cost and time.”

The extended and refurbished Emergency Department for the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is due to be completed in 2022.

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