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Summer start planned for £350m Llanfrechfa hospital

24 Mar 17 Laing O’Rourke is expected to begin enabling works for a new £350m hospital near Cwmbran in August.

CGI of the Specialist & Critical Care Centre in Llanfrechfa
CGI of the Specialist & Critical Care Centre in Llanfrechfa

The Welsh government approved the full business case for the Specialist & Critical Care Centre (SCCC) last year but the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – the project client – is still assessing construction costs to reach a final contract price with main contractor Laing O’Rourke.

The 470-bed, 55,000 m2 new build hospital will provide complex specialist and critical care treatment for more than 600,000 people in southeast Wales. It will be built on land around the existing Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital site and will include a 24-hour acute assessment unit and emergency department.

Laing O’Rourke, working with Gleeds as project and cost manager, will be using building information modelling technology (BIM level 2) and is scheduled to complete the scheme by spring 2021.

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Gleeds director Simon Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached this important milestone with the official sanction marking a turning point for the project. Having worked with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board since 2007 through the development of the business case process for Welsh government approval, we are best placed to drive this project forward to deliver a much needed state-of-the-art specialist facility for the area.”

Liam Cummins, head of UK construction at Laing O’Rourke, added: “We’re privileged to be working on such a prestigious project for Wales and we’ll be applying all of our expertise in this area such as innovative engineering, our Design for Manufacture & Assembly approach and delivering to the highest possible quality.”

Judith Paget, chief executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “We now look forward to working with Gleeds and Laing O’Rourke to make the plans for this new hospital a reality, with work on the building’s foundations beginning this summer.”

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