Speller Metcalfe has been appointed by the NHS to build the new community hospital in Cinderford following a competitive tender.
Initial work on the design and position of the building is underway but the full specifications will only be finalised after the completion of the public consultation into services to be provided from the new facility.
The multi-million pound hospital, which will be built on the Lower High Street Playing Field in Steam Mills Road, will replace the existing community hospitals in Cinderford and Lydney, with building work planned to start in autumn next year.
Angela Potter, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC), said: “We are delighted to be working with Speller Metcalfe on this exciting project which will significantly improve the hospital environment for the Forest of Dean Population.
“Spellers demonstrated considerable experience of working on health and public sector projects and offering innovative and sustainable solutions so I am confident that together we can deliver a new hospital that will really improve the overall experience for patients and the staff who work there.
“We look forward to the feedback from the public consultation so that we can work up a final design and begin the planning and building process.”
Proposals being put to the public are for a 24-bed inpatient unit, urgent care facility, x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy, and a range of consultation and treatment rooms for outpatient appointments. Experiences of providing care throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will also influence the final design, to minimise the risk of infections spreading and to allow for social distancing between staff and patients.
Now in their 25th year, Malvern-headquartered Speller Metcalfe is one of the region’s leading building contractors, having grown their family-led business to a turnover of over £120 million.
The firm is well-known in the area, having built Cinderford Health Centre and Station Medical Centre in Hereford, as well as working on the extension and refurbishment of Hadwen Medical Centre in Gloucester. The company is currently helping redevelop Leckhampton C of E Primary School among other projects.
Andy Metcalfe, joint managing director at Speller Metcalfe said: “We know that supporting the health sector is absolutely vital in the current climate, and as a local contractor we recognise how significant this hospital development will be for the wider community.
“With a strong history of successful project delivery for the NHS, we look forward to working with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust to develop the latest addition to the Forest of Dean’s health provision.”
As part of the hospital development the NHS will also be working with Cinderford Town Council to provide a new skate park and upgraded multi-use games area in other parts of the town.
A public consultation into services at the new hospital was launched on Thursday 22 October and will run until Thursday 17 December.