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Superstructure nears completion at £40m mental health unit

Superstructure nears completion at £40m mental health unit

Project work has quickly progressed from construction of the envelope to fitting out at The Harbour on the Fylde Coast.

Due to be handed over to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in November, the 154-bed mental health inpatient unit in Blackpool is on track to be operational by February 2015.

The Trust awarded the £40m project to Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, who are now carrying out the mechanical and electrical installation and plastering works, having completed the structure’s frame.

Mainly single-storey, the load bearing masonry structure’s external façade includes render, curtain walling and brickwork treatments, while internal provisions include en-suite facilities for every bedroom, social spaces and administration areas.

When open, The Harbour will provide an environment and facilities to treat a range of acute and long-term conditions. Alongside the Psychological Intensive Care Units, Advanced Care and Acute Care Wards, there will be specialist care and accommodation for those affected by Dementia.

Alistair Rose, Project Director, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Work has progressed very well on The Harbour. We are looking forward to moving in to the building and being able to offer excellent and innovative care to mental health patients from across Lancashire. The building itself is completely state of the art and provides service users with the very best facilities.

A lot of time was spent in consultation with service users and their carers and families to find out what they would like in the development and we are very pleased that their wish-list has been made a reality, thanks to everyone involved in the project.”

Nigel Plant, Project Manager, VINCI Construction UK, said:

“The team’s excellent progress at The Harbour will enable the existing services to be transferred in good time. This is the fourth IHP contract we have worked on with the Trust, and we are delighted to build on our relationship with them.”

Date: 02/06/2014

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