Procured under the P21+ framework, the contract will run for between three and five years and will involve a wide range of work, including refurbishment, extension and new build projects, ranging in value from £1m to £20m.

Kier’s partnership with the Trust, working on projects at both City General Hospital in Stoke and Stafford Hospital, will support the integration of an extensive range of health and care services from across Staffordshire on these two sites.

More specifically, initial projects will include building a new critical care unit, operating theatres and imaging facilities, as well as refurbishing existing inpatient wards and constructing new ones in order to increase the number of available beds.

Kier is looking to boost the local economy during its partnership with University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, so it is seeking to select 70% of the labour, subcontractors and materials suppliers from the surrounding area.

In addition, over 100 building trade apprenticeships will be supported over the lifetime of the programme and more than 60 training opportunities will be offered to local schools, colleges and universities.

Kier has an excellent track record of delivering multiple projects for NHS Trusts through long-term partnerships. It has worked with York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2003, and with Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for seven years, carrying out major and minor projects across the entire hospital estate.

The contractor has also just completed a £20m Women & Children Unit for North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in addition to multiple refurbishment projects; and its most recent P21+ project in the north-west was the Burnley Integrated Urgent Care Centre, for which it received 100% customer satisfaction scores.

Mark Hackett, chief executive of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, commented: “I’m delighted that the creation of new NHS services, and the facilities to provide them, will create employment and training opportunities for our local communities. It’s vital that the hospital plays an important role in the future of Stoke and Stafford, and the additional investment into the region will certainly improve the prospects for our young people.

"This is a perfect example of how the changes to the NHS in Staffordshire will bring benefits to patients and the wider community. It signals the start of a new era in the history of the NHS in Staffordshire."

Kier chief operating officer, Steve Bowcott, added: 'We are delighted to have been selected as Principal Supply Chain Partner for this important programme. Having already delivered over 100 successful projects through the P21+ framework, we look forward to working collaboratively with the Trust to develop solutions that work for patients, and provide outstanding new healthcare facilities for Staffordshire."

Work on the first projects is due to start on site in July with the overall programme of works continuing until at least 2018.