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Simons Group start construction at Cambridge Nuffield Health Hospital

Simons Group start construction at Cambridge Nuffield Health Hospital April 2014

Simons Group have started construction work on a complete new hospital for Nuffield Health on Trumpington Road in Cambridge. Enabling works began in late January 2014 and completed last week, meaning that the main construction may now commence. The existing hospital will remain in full operational use throughout the duration of construction, which is due to complete in April 2015.

The build project is valued at approximately £13.4m, within a total investment by Nuffield Health of £27m. The works comprise a 36-bed in-patient ward, an outpatients‘ department with 16 consulting rooms, a day-case oncology department with a 5-bed bay plus 2 individual patient rooms. Services to be provided include a diagnostic imaging department with 2 x-ray rooms, complete with mammography, MRI and CT scanners. There will also be a physiotherapy department, staff administration department, 3 state-of-the-art digital theatres, with Endoscopy and a five-bay short-stay unit., alongside associated support services which include drainage, external services and external works.

Tim Green, Project Manager for Simons said, “We welcome the prospect of building this prestigious new build hospital for Nuffield in the historic city of Cambridge. The team have settled into their surroundings incredibly well and are thoroughly enjoying working with Nuffield and the consultation team. It is our intention to keep the local community up to date with our progress on site. To date we have successfully completed the enabling works and look forward to the challenging works ahead in delivering this advanced facility.

Welcoming the start of the construction of the new hospital, Maxine Estop, the hospital’s director, speaks highly of the Simons construction team: “ This is a very exciting time for all of us at the Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, as we have been planning for the new hospital for so long. To see Simons preparing the site to such a high standard and now starting construction with concern for, and awareness of, our patients, consultants, employees and neighbours makes us appreciate just how professional a team they are."

As an associate member of the Considerate Constructor Scheme, Simons have been working with Nuffield Health and the local community, to ensure that all parties are kept fully informed on progress and possible disruption. To date, St Faith‘s School has take part in a hoarding design competition, which currently can be seen on the site car-park hoarding. During the build programme, Simons will be engaging in further activities with St Faith’s, with several site visits and presentations due to take place. Simons will continue, in partnership with the hospital team, to hold residents’ meetings and will conduct site tours during the construction phase.

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