The contract, awarded through the ProCure 21+ Framework, will see the creation of a new £22m emergency care centre.
The 9,500sqm Emergency Care Centre is a three storey new build, which will create a new focal entrance to the hospital. The lower ground floor will link through to the existing hospital and incorporate staff offices, changing areas and a retail opportunity which will enable the Trust to maximise on a commercial opportunity.
Emergency care will be located on the upper ground floor, comprising a nine pod formation with a central diagnostic pod - the formation being utilised will be reviewed as an exemplar model for emergency care across the UK.
A 36-bed short stay ward, each with en-suite facilities will make up the third floor. With future needs of the Trust in mind, the Centre is being designed with capabilities for further storey extensions in the future.
Miller has also been identified as the lead contractor for a potential new pathology centre covering Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The £12 million development, which has been developed through a partnership between Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trusts, is proposed to be located in the former Gateshead hospital laundry and will see a strip out of the existing building with the main structure being retained, providing part refurbishment and part new build.
The new centre will be home to a pathology ‘centre for excellence’ which will be supported by appropriate facilities at each of the neighbouring hospital trusts in Sunderland and South Tyneside.
The laboratory will cover a variety of testing and is anticipated to conduct over 12 million tests a year, and will also feature a ‘hot lab’ for immediate test results. The scheme is subject to full business case approval from the three organisations involved over the next few months.
Works are expected to commence on the Emergency care centre in October and will complete in July 2014.