Work has officially begun on the next phase of £25million works for a new energy centre at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Alan Foster, chief executive at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, was joined by representatives from the building contractor, NG Bailey, as he led the traditional ground breaking ceremony.
He said: “This marks the next phase of an exciting project that will ensure we secure the long term future of the hospital and allow us to continue to give the very best care we can to our patients.
“We are pleased that following a tender process we will be working with NG Bailey to help carry out these works. I was delighted to help with the first dig into this project and am excited to see the finished programme.
Peter Mitchell, the trust’s director of estates and facilities management, said: “The new energy centre is part of the trust’s investment plans, after successfully securing £25m to carry out much needed investment in the trust’s infrastructure.
“As parts of the hospital, particularly the boilers, heating plant and electrical plant, are now nearly 50 years old we need to replace them to ensure that services remain safe and reliable and able to maintain the operational effectiveness of the hospital.
“The existing boiler room is being replaced with a new energy centre which will be more reliable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
“We’re delighted the scheme is progressing well and below budget.”
The first phase of work to upgrade the electrical infrastructure is already complete and the project is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.
Chris Catterick, Operations Director NG Bailey: “NG Bailey is delighted to have been appointed again by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to complete a technically complex scheme for the construction of a new energy centre and de-commission of the existing energy plant to ensure the trust have uninterrupted use of the North Tees facility whilst achieving the improvements in energy efficiency and demand for the facility for the future”.
“NG Bailey has significant experience in healthcare and infrastructure projects; our processes and systems will ensure that the project is delivered without interruption to the highest standard and give the trust their requirements for addressing the risk in the current ageing infrastructure whilst providing the capacity for the future development of the site.”
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Andrew Bell (senior project manager, NG Bailey), Paul Barrowcliffe (senior project manager, Clugston Construction), Steve Taylor (assistant director estates and capital at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust), Alan Foster (chief executive North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust) Tony Rogers (senior project manager, NG Bailey), John Stephenson (senior site representative, NG Bailey).