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Breaking New Ground: Nick Clegg joins Simons Group to mark start of construction at Sheffield Children's Hospital

The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield marked the start of the major construction works being carried out by Simons with a visit from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP along with executives and key project team members. 

The build project is valued at approximately £25m, within a total investment value of £40m. The works comprise a 3 storey extension, a new service yard to segregate service vehicles from patients & visitors, a new entrance to act as a focal point for the Trust and refurbishment of the existing department at two levels. This transformed state-of-the-art facility will provide 72 bedrooms, many of which will be en-suite incorporating family friendly facilities.

As part of its long-term strategy to complement the high quality of medical care provided by the hospital, the Trust approved a business case in March 2012 to modernise its inpatient and outpatient accommodation on its Western Bank site. Simons Construction’s project team have been on site since July 2014 carrying out enabling works, with work due to be completed in phases, by Spring 2016. The existing hospital will remain in full use throughout the duration of the proposed works.

Simons will work with the hospital trust and their consultant team over the forthcoming months to ensure that the works are robustly designed, and planned, to ensure safe delivery of the works with negligible impact on the day to day clinical activity, hospital staff, patients, visitors, and the general public.

The proposed project is intended to act as a catalyst for change within the Trust and is central to the future delivery of the Trust vision.

Tom Robinson, Chief Executive of Simons Group said, “It’s been fantastic to mark the launch of our work on The Children's Hospital, Sheffield and the NHS Foundation Trust to modernise its inpatient and outpatient accommodation. It is heart-warming to see such a positive and high profile response to this event and this is testament to the hospital team and the important care service they provide. We will continue to enjoy working the Trust, consultant team, and all project stakeholders to deliver the Trust’s vision of a state-of-the-art, world class facility that will improve patient care for this and future generations.“

Welcoming the start of the construction of the new hospital, Hospital Chairman Nick Jeffery said, “We are delighted that work is now underway on our wonderful new building. The new wing will be more spacious and welcoming, will make it easier for families to stay with their children and will create an environment that is not only more fun for children but will also aid their recovery.

“We know the new wing will benefit children from Sheffield and beyond for generations to come. It is a genuine pleasure to see the progress being made on the ground.”

The new development is being made possible with generous support from the community. Through the Make It Better appeal, The Children’s Hospital Charity is raising £10million towards to project. Simons have already been getting involved in fundraising for the Children’s Hospital charity and have raised over £5,000 so far. The team were set the task of ‘Making it Better‘ by upcycling unwanted wooden toys, with the finished toys being donated to the charity. Employees at Simons Group’s head office in Lincoln have also started a knitting group, creating items for the hospital’s neo natal unit. Project Director Miles Thomas took part in this year’s half marathon in Sheffield, raising over £2,000, with many more of the project team and the company getting involved next year.

As an associate member of the Considerate Constructor Scheme, Simons will work with the hospital and the local community to ensure that all parties are kept fully informed on progress and possible disruption via the Simons Group website and various social media channels.. During the build programme, Simons will be engaging in activities with local schools, universities, organisations and colleges, conducting site tours, presentations and projects during the construction phase.

For more information on The Children’s Hospital Charity and the Make it Better appeal, visit www.tchc.org.uk/makeitbetter

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