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£23.7m QEII hospital reaches financial close

The £23.7m QEII hospital, to be built by Mansell in Welywn Garden City, Hertfordshire, has reached financial close.

QEII will replace the existing 50-year old facilities with purpose-built units accommodating primary care services, a local A&E facility, outpatients, diagnostics, endoscopy, therapies and a children’s outpatient service.

As part of a drive to provide sustainable health services, the new hospital will balance local access with the centralisation of specialist care.

Mansell is main contractor on the project, which is to be carried out through the South East Midlands LIFT framework.

Sweett Group has been handling service planning, health planning cost consultancy and technical advice since its role was expanded in 2010.

Sweett Group project director Ian Greggor said: “This project is crucial to the future sustainability of health services in the area.

“Any project delivering change and innovation will face challenges and thanks to our experience across the healthcare economy we have played our part in ensuring the project has remained on course and as envisaged to support the Trust’s wider strategy.

“Overcoming these and achieving financial close is a significant milestone for all of the stakeholders in the area, not least local patients.”

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