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Brighton hospital rebuild finally approved 18 months after Osborne go-ahead

A £480m hospital rebuild in Brighton has been given final approval by the Treasury nearly a year-and-a-half after it received the go-ahead from George Osborne.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust will refurbish and rebuild its hospital buildings, which are some of the oldest in the NHS, using £484.7m from the Treasury, as first reported by Construction News’ sister title Health Service Journal.

Approval for the full business case was given shortly after the trust estimated delays would start to ramp up the cost of the ‘3Ts’ redevelopment project.

In the trust’s board papers for September, chief executive Matthew Kershaw said if final approval was not given by “mid-October” the capital costs would increase.

The trust was asked to provide “further assurance” because of its in-year financial position.

It had a £17.6m year-to-date deficit at the end of August, which was £6m worse than its planned position.

The trust expects to post a £16.7m deficit by the end of the year.

It was originally hoping for final approval for the building work in March. Work will now begin in January for the first of the two new buildings.

The project will cover just under a quarter of the hospital site. All clinical services will be on site throughout the redevelopment and some will be moved to temporary accommodation.

All emergency and cranial neurosurgery work was moved from the Princess Royal Hospital to Royal Sussex County Hospital in June in preparation for the building work.

The hospital rebuild is due to be completed in 2024.

Mr Kershaw said: “This redevelopment is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on the excellent care we currently provide to our patients and truly improve acute healthcare for patients in Brighton and Hove and across the region.

“Today’s announcement marks a genuine turning point: the 3Ts redevelopment is no longer an ambitious plan; it is the future of this hospital.

“A great deal of work has gone into bringing us to this point and there is still much more to be done.

“The result though, having a better hospital for all our patients and staff in the years to come, is worth all this effort and more.”

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