IHP has been awarded a £23.5 million contract for the redevelopment of The University Hospital North Durham Emergency Care Centre.
The Emergency Department was originally designed in 2001 to treat 30,000 patients per year but currently treats over 60,000 with a future projected growth of 3% per annum.
Under the contract, IHP will construct a 3,265m² extension to the existing Emergency Department at the emergency ambulance patient delivery area. To overcome the challenges of building on the ambulance drop-off point, the extension will be built in its entirety before being linked to the existing building, thus ensuring the Emergency Department remains fully operational throughout construction.
In addition, to overcome staff and visitor car parking problems, IHP worked with Indigo (formerly VINCI Park) to reconfigure the existing parking arrangement. This has saved the Trust £1-2 million on their original plan to construct a new multi-storey car park and also allows for future expansion.
IHP has also been awarded a £22 million contract to construct surgical theatres and an enhanced mortuary project at Darlington Royal Infirmary.
Phase one is to demolish a six-storey redundant building situated in the immediate vicinity of the hospital. Six new theatres and a plant room will then be constructed over three floors with a mortuary at ground floor level. The new theatres will adjoin the existing theatres.
A complex phased programme of decant and redevelopment of the existing theatre suite will follow completion of the new build.