Kier is set to deliver a £10.4m refurbishment project at Croydon University Hospital. Appointed by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Kier will convert the Jubilee South Wing’s ground floor into a new Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) and relocate the hospital’s dedicated Stroke Unit to the Jubilee North Wing.

The project involves reconfiguring the ground floor into a 22-bed state-of-the-art ITU with four isolation suites. This modification and remodelling will enhance patient care by creating more bed spaces for the seriously ill, improving natural light, incorporating new equipment and providing enhanced facilities including en-suites, quiet rooms and waiting areas to support families.

The works will be completed in a live hospital environment, with neighbouring wards and surgical theatres continuing to run throughout the build programme.

The team will use sustainable methods of procurement with recycled materials used where appropriate. Waste to landfill will be minimised through the use of the SMARTwaste monitoring system and a take-back closed-loop recycling scheme will be implemented where possible. Air source heat pumps will be installed to heat and cool the space sustainably. The team will also support the local Croydon Commitment’s Ways 2 Work employability programme, helping local people back into work by undertaking CV reviews and mock interview sessions.

David McKenzie, managing director at Kier Construction London, South and Strategic Projects, said: “We’re pleased that we have been appointed by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to undertake this work and we bring with us extensive experience and technical expertise in delivering healthcare facilities in live environments. This new ITU will provide enhanced facilities and more beds for those needing life-dependent care together with updated facilities to support families of patients.”

Lee McPhail, Chief Operating Officer at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “This multi-million-pound development will transform the care environment in one of London’s biggest boroughs so that people with the most serious injuries and illnesses can get life-dependent specialist care close to where they live.

“Our intensive care team have been at the heart of our COVID-19 response, and have continued to care for people in our community long before the pandemic in a facility that was originally built more than four decades ago. Whilst the Trust has made many improvements during this time, the new build will increase the size of the unit by half and ensure that our community can get the highest standards of care in a modern and comforting care environment that our patients – and staff – deserve.

“The improvements to intensive care will also enable us to re-do and enhance our facilities for stroke patients in hospital, which are situated right next to the unit.”

This contract award reinforces Kier’s position as a leading provider of healthcare facilities on behalf of NHS Trusts. It has recently completed the £98m transformation programme at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and the £28.5m new imaging centre at Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea.

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