Tilbury to carry out Dorset hospital expansion

Tilbury Douglas has been selected for extension work on a Dorset hospital, as part of wider government plans to upgrade 48 buildings.

The contractor will construct a new emergency department building and a critical care unit on the site of a former school, after it was chosen through a ProCure22 framework.

It will expand Dorset County Hospital (DCH), so that healthcare staff can continue to serve the local community, with the emergency department dealing with twice the number of people it was originally designed for.

A critical care unit will be built above the new emergency block, which will more than double the current capacity of beds to 24. A helipad will be constructed on the roof of the building.

The extension is due to be delivered by 2024, if planning permission is granted and the government agrees to the plans.

According to construction intelligence provider Glenigan, the project is estimated to be a £29.5m job.

Tilbury Douglas divisional director Paul Gale said the contractor had a history of working with the same NHS Trust.

“Having previously delivered the Robert White Centre Radiology Building for the Trust in 2018, our proven track record and knowledge of the hospital will enable us to move ahead with this scheme, with a strong understating of the clinical needs of the trust.”

In recent years, DCH has seen increased pressure on its infrastructure and services because of the pandemic, rising tourism and a growing population.

The hospital is part of the government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP), which has pledged to deliver 40 new hospitals by 2030, with a further eight new schemes invited to bid for future funding.

Earlier this month, Tilbury Douglas confirmed it had returned to being a “standalone” contractor and that it had completed its separation from Interserve Group.

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