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Health Minister John Hutton has welcomed Barts and The London NHS ...
Health Minister John Hutton has welcomed Barts and The London NHS

trust's announcement of a preferred partner - Skanska Innisfree - to

redevelop The Royal London in Whitechapel and Barts in The City.

The £1bn redevelopment will mean two new hospitals for east London,

increasing capacity and improving patient experience for NHS

patients. The scheme will increase bed numbers by 186, making a total

of 1248 beds in a modern comfortable environment. The redevelopment

will also bring improved general and specialist services, and a new

cancer and cardiac centre of excellence.

Mr Hutton said: 'This is brilliant news for the people of East London.

Barts and The London NHS Trust have reached an important

stage of a vital redevelopment.

'The government is committed to delivering an NHS infrastructure fit

for the 21st century. We are on target to meet our promise of

building 100 new hospital schemes by 2010 and schemes such as Barts

and The London NHS trust's indicate the outstanding quality of what

is being delivered to communities around England.

'An important part of this scheme has been the involvement of

hundreds of staff and clinicians in the evaluation of the plans.

Their involvement, and the involvement of patient and community

groups, is essential in providing the right environment for all of

those who will use these hospitals.'

Mr Hutton also welcomed the involvement of English Heritage and The

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in the

redevelopment. English Heritage and CABE have advised the consortium

on the designs for the new building and restoration of the historic

buildings at both hospitals.


1) The NHS Plan promised to deliver 100 new hospital schemes in total

by 2010. More than 100 schemes have been approved to go ahead since

1997 of which 41 have already opened.

2) Building work on the Barts and The London NHS trust hospitals is

due to start in 14 months' time, when the plans have been finalised

and approved. The new hospitals are expected to be fully completed by

2012/13, with major elements ready beforehand, including the new

cancer facility at Barts in 2008 and 90% of the Royal London

redevelopment in 2010.

3) Skanska Innisfree is an experienced consortium with a good track

record in PFI healthcare schemes. All of the members of the

consortium have worked together on NHS PFI projects, including South

Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Norwich, South Tees and Greenwich, all

of which are now operational. In addition to these projects, the

consortium is at the construction phase of schemes for Walsgrave and

South Derbyshire NHS trusts.

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