Kier appointed to £98m transformation programme at Heatherwood Hospital

Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments & housing group, has been appointed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new hospital in the south of England. Secured through the ProCure21+ framework, this £98m transformation programme at Heatherwood Hospital will provide first-class facilities for Ascot and the surrounding area.

The 11,500 sq m site, will specialise in planned, non-emergency procedures, offering state-of-the-art outpatient and diagnostic facilities for cardiology, radiology, lithotripsy, children’s clinic, physiotherapy and orthodontics. It will have six operating theatres and 48 inpatient beds, plus 22 day case cubicles. In addition, a primary care hub will be on site and a private patient unit.

Work starts on site this month and the project is expected to be finished by the end of 2021. Within ten years of its opening, the aim is for the hospital to provide services for approximately 168,000 people each year, doubling what the existing hospital currently provides.

Jonathan Payne, managing director for Kier Construction Thames Valley and director at Kier Buildings, states: “This latest win is a hugely important milestone for healthcare delivery in the south of England. It is testament to the drive, energy and passion of the team at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust that this new build hospital will help transform delivery of healthcare to residents of Ascot and the surrounding area.

“Working collaboratively with the trust over the last three years, we have also delivered a new maternity unit and emergency assessment centre for Wexham Park Hospital. Alongside our local supply chain, we have extensive experience delivering healthcare projects and we look forward to playing a pivotal role in the transformation of Heatherwood Hospital.”

Frimley Health chief executive Neil Dardis, said: “We are delighted that we can now deliver our vision for the Heatherwood site. The new hospital will ensure we can offer local patients the best care in the best environment and it is a key part of our strategy to remain an innovative and outstanding trust well into the future. We can’t wait to get started.”

In the last six years, Kier has delivered over 70 schemes for NHS Trusts through the P21+ and P22 frameworks, including the recently completed Key Worker Accommodation for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust and a CAMHS & Perinatal Unit for Nottinghamshire Healthcare.