Vinci and McAlpine JV to build major NHS rehabilitation centre

A joint venture between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine has been selected as the main contractor to build a new NHS clinical rehabilitation facility, valued between £50m to £100m.

The specialist alliance called Integrated Health Projects will deliver the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) as part of the government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP) plan to complete 40 new hospitals by 2030. The 70-bed facility will be located between Nottingham and Loughborough.

The contract was procured by the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). The site is part of the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate near Rempstone, Nottinghamshire, which opened in 2018 and is run by Ministry of Defence. The NRC will share some facilities like a gait lab and hydrotherapy pool with the defence facility and is part of the same overall programme. The defence facility came out of a need to serve injured persons from the armed forces, particularly after their deployment in Afghanistan.

In addition to rehabilitation services for NHS patients, training and education facilities will be built within the premises. These will be run through an academic partnership led by the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.

The building structure has also been designed to achieve net-zero carbon over its life cycle. Timber, which is a low-carbon material, will be used in building the hospital’s structure. No fossil fuels will be used in operation and solar-panelled roofs will help to generate electricity.

Integrated Health Projects health sector lead Stuart McArthur said: “We are delighted that Integrated Health Projects has been appointed to the construction of the NRC through the P22 DHSC procurement framework. Through the 20 successful years of our alliance, we have demonstrated that we have the expertise and experience necessary to match the unique nature of this project.

“We look forward to working in close collaboration with NHP and NUH on delivering this new model of rehabilitation in an inspiring setting, which will benefit patients and staff whilst supporting leading edge research.”

NHP senior responsible owner Natalie Forrest added that the new facility would “transform outcomes” for those who have suffered potentially life-changing injury, trauma and illness.

Integrated Health Projects have delivered several hospital across the country, including temporary ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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