Queen Mary PFI does it backwards
The £55m Queen Mary’s Hospital scheme in Roehampton has reached financial close, almost a year after it started on site.
Under an “early works agreement”, work on the community hospital has been in progress since 2003. Set to open its doors to the public in 2006, the 24,000 m^sup 2^ hospital building will provide a range of facilities including 50 elderly and intermediate care beds, 20 rehabilitation beds, specialist rehabilitation services, a minor injuries treatment centre and day hospital facilities.
Following a financial review from funders on the scheme, Wandsworth Primary Care Trust (PCT) has signed a contract with the Catalyst Healthcare consortium, a partnership between Bovis Lend Lease and Sodexho. Under the contract, Catalyst Healthcare will be maintain medical and non-medical hospital supplies and provide security, catering and portering services.
“I am delighted that the final commercial negotiations are complete,” said Helen WaI ley, chief executive of Wandsworth PCT. “The new hospital will provide a valuable, modern environment for our staff.”
Mike Davis, chief executive of catalyst healthcare management, said: “There is a particular sense of achievement in bringing this project to financial close. By means of an interim works agreement, we worked with the local NHS and devised an innovative way to get the project under way before close. That enabled us to make a start on site last year and it means we will deliver the new hospital, on schedule, next year.”
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