Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has today broken ground at Torbay Hospital where it will deliver a new £15m Acute Medicine Unit (AMU). Members of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, joined Kier to celebrate the start of work on this vitally important new healthcare scheme.  

Procured through the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), the AMU will provide increased capacity and support the hospital’s Emergency Department. The new building will replace the existing AMU unit, providing modern, state-of-the-art facilities as well as nearly doubling capacity with 52 assessment spaces.

The project is set to be complete by spring 2022 and over the duration of the project, Kier will utilise its extensive experience in the healthcare sector, and work with its skilled and local supply chain partners, to deliver the project.  

Doug Lloyd, operations director for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “We were delighted to be joined by members of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust at today’s groundbreaking ceremony which celebrates the start of works on this critically important new healthcare facility at Torbay Hospital.

“We have vast experience in delivering healthcare projects and we will utilise our skills, alongside our local supply chain partners, to deliver a new building which is bigger and provides a range of state-of-the-art amenities to effectively serve the hospital team and its patients.”

Liz Davenport, Chief Executive at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The construction of Torbay Hospital’s new Acute Medicine Unit will transform the delivery of care for both patients and staff. The new facility will help ensure that patients continue to receive a high level of care in the most appropriate setting, and I thank everyone involved in the project that has enabled us to get to this point.

“I look forward to seeing the developments progress over the next 12 months before we begin to see the benefits that this exciting development will bring for our patients, staff and visitors.”

This latest win reinforces Kier’s position as a leading provider of healthcare buildings, with other project including an £87m project at Musgrove Park Hospital, a £98m transformation of Heatherwood Hospital and a £97.1m scheme for Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

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