Burnleys 30 million pound hospital plan the first picture!

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THIS is how Burnley General Hospitals 30 million pound state-of-the-art phase five development will look when completed in two years time.

Work on the site of the much-anticipated new project to replace existing Victorian buildings started last month and is set to house 170 beds, a huge out-patients department, a kidney dialysis unit and a rehabilitation centre.

This artists impression shows how the team behind the project has unveiled a modern split four-storey and two-storey building, with a new main entrance for the hospital, including new catering facilities and shops.

Piling works on the site began this month, and will be closely followed by substructure and superstructure works. The construction of the new building will be completed during the spring of 2006 and the opening is earmarked for that summer.

WORK is now well underway to build the ambitious new Phase 5 development at Burnley General Hospital.

Construction began in earnest this month on the four-storey extension on the main hospital for the East Lancashire Healthcare NHS Trust. It is being built on the site where ward 17 used to stand.

This means visitors entering at the main Briercliffe Road entrance to the hospital will have to use diversions for the foreseeable future while the building work gets fully underway.

Catalyst Healthcare has been contracted to design, construct and operate the new building for 30 years under the Governments new Private Finance Initiative scheme, and it has appointed Bovis Lend Lease, whose designers and engineers will be in charge of the state-of-the-art building and services as part of the 30m. project.These will include 170 extra medical beds, with stroke and dermatology specialities, a 15-bed renal dialysis unit, an out-patients department with support accommodation, and a dedicated rehabilitation suite and out-patients rehabilitation unit.

New catering departments and shops will also be housed in the development, which is set to replace the old wards in the original workhouse buildings which date from the mid-1800s.

The modern accommodation and brand-new units will mean many local patients will no longer need to travel to Preston or Manchester for specialist treatment.

The site is currently being excavated. Piling work will be completed this month followed by substructure and superstructure work, which could mean considerable disruption to visitors to the hospital before the project is finished in two years time.

Bovis Lend Leases Project Manager Mr Mark Hanson said: It is the teams aspiration to build a new hospital that Burnley residents can be proud of and where medical staff have the best possible environment to conduct their duties.

The hospital layout at the moment means seven of the 10 medical wards are separate from the main hospital, leading to patients, equipment and supplies being moved around the site by an internal transport system, which can be time-consuming and impractical.

Construction is due to be finished during spring 2006, with the anticipated opening date due to take place in the early summer.

Anybody wishing to raise issues or concerns regarding the scheme can write to: Mark Hanson, Project Manager, Bovis lend Lease Ltd, Site Office, Burnley General Hospital, Casterton Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2PA.