Kier has been appointed principal supply chain partner (PSCP) for a £14m key worker accommodation scheme in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire through the P21+ framework.

Working with client Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG), Kier will deliver a 220-bed development at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
The high-spec residential scheme is a key component of the Trust’s strategy to attract quality, skilled medical recruits to Grimsby. It will feature 124 apartments for junior doctors and 96 individual en suite bedrooms with shared communal spaces for student nurses.

Reducing costs and the carbon footprint of the site is a fundamental requirement of the contract and Kier’s design team, comprising cost advisors Edge, P+HS Architects, Hoare Lea (mechanical & electrical) and Curtins (civils & structures) will ensure the building is designed to provide the best possible energy performance, and be of sustainable construction.

The hospital will continue to function throughout the duration of the project and Kier will develop a carefully considered programme of works to minimise disruption to the hospital, staff, patients and wider development proposals planned for the site.

Kier has extensive experience in the provision of healthcare projects, having been awarded more than 65 schemes through the P21+ framework since 2010. This includes a £30m programme of works for York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which incorporates developments at York Hospital, Scarborough General Hospital, Bridlington Hospital and Malton Hospital. In addition, Kier is working in partnership with both the Rotherham NHS FT and Mid Yorkshire NHS FT under P21+ on the reconfiguration of Dewsbury District Hospital. 

Kier and its design team also have a proven track record working on residential schemes, having delivered over 30,000 residential, keyworker and student bedrooms between them in the past five years – including 519 delivered by Kier at the University of Lincoln this year for Jackson and Jackson Developments.

Hughie Clarke, Kier framework manager, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected as principal supply chain partner for this important scheme for NLAG, which will provide new high quality and premium specification accommodation for vital key workers in Grimsby. The Trust chose us to deliver this scheme on the strength and experience in our team, our understanding of the wider challenges facing NLAG, and our collaborative approach, and we look forward to working closely with the Trust to develop highly desirable and aspirational accommodation that meets the expectations of today’s high calibre clinical staff.”

NLAG is funding the key worker accommodation via the disposal of surplus land on the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital estate, where the existing lodging, which has exceeded its useful life, is currently located.

Jug Johal, director of estates and facilities at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Kier, which has an excellent track record in delivering large scale schemes in healthcare environments.

“The development of this land will allow us to build much-needed new accommodation for our clinical staff, which is a very important consideration for doctors and nurses both in this country and abroad who are looking for new jobs.

“Students are more likely to want to come and train with us at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital if we are able to offer them a place to live that is modern, comfortable and convenient, and we are confident that offering these premium new apartments as part of our recruitment package will help us attract quality new people.”

Outline planning approval is expected in January 2016 with work due to start on site in June 2016. The project is scheduled to complete in summer 2017.