Kier, a leading provider of healthcare facilities, has successfully handed over HMT Sancta Maria Hospital in SA1, Swansea to not-for-profit healthcare specialists, the Healthcare Management Trust. The £25m private hospital took just under two years to complete and offers a breadth of first-class facilities, including three operating theatres, endoscopy and an x-ray department as well as a day surgery unit.
The opening marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Sancta Maria which has had a presence in Swansea since the 1950’s. The new hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including an MRI scanner as well as a purpose-built consulting rooms and 12 modern en-suite bedrooms. It also has underground parking and a café within the building.
Kier worked with its local supply chain partners, of which over 75% lived within a 50-mile radius of SA1, to deliver the project. Kier also provided training and job opportunities to the local community , including two bricklaying apprentices, one mechanical apprentice and one electrical apprentice as well as a management trainee and a trainee quantity surveyor.
Jason Taylor, operations director for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, said: “I am delighted to hand over the new facilities to the hospital team at HMT Sancta Maria. It has been a truly collaborative effort from everyone involved and the result is a quality building and state-of-the-art amenities that will support the hospital in serving the Swansea community for years to come.
“We have utilised our vast experience within the healthcare sector and worked with our local and trusted supply chain partners to deliver this scheme and I am delighted it is now ready and staff can move in and start to make use of their new hospital.”
Tony Barrett, Chief Executive of HMT, commented: “The opening of the new hospital is a landmark event for the charity. This is the culmination of hard work and of a determination to keep quality health care right here in Swansea. It is the result of extensive collaboration with our design team, construction company Kier, local partners, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), our employees, and the entire community.
“We are keen to improve the patient experience and make sure individuals and families receive the treatment and support they need to lead healthy lives. We are committed to continue our vision of delivering high quality healthcare in the most appropriate way and this new hospital will enable us to do this.”
John Folliott Vaughan, Chairman of HMT, stated: “This is an exciting day for the charity and for the community of Swansea. Our Trustees would like to thank the many partners who contributed their visions, persistence and hard work that resulted in the completion and opening of our new hospital. We would also like to thank the community for its support as the vision has become a reality, continuing the caring tradition of the original founders of Sancta Maria, the Ursuline Sisters. With this new hospital we intend to continue providing quality healthcare in Swansea for many years to come.”
Kier is a leading provider of healthcare buildings and other projects currently being delivered include the £98m transformation programme at Heatherwood Hospital, £97.1m scheme for Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and last month it won an £87m project at Musgrove Park hospital.