trust's announcement of a preferred partner - Skanska Innisfree - to
redevelop The Royal London in Whitechapel and Barts in The City.
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.