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Bam wins £40m hospital extension job

Bam Construct has been awarded a £40 million deal to build an extension to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The contractor will build the 13,000 sq m new building for Abertawe Bro Mogannwg University Health Board.

The three-storey extension will house renal dialysis, dental and x-ray departments among others, as well as housing an education centre to train Health Board staff including their post and undergraduate doctors.

The scheme is aimed towards a BREEAM Excellent rating, with sustainability features including photovoltaic cells on the roof, use of combined heat and power, and modular services installation.

Bam has pledged to provide a number of apprenticeships and work experience placements on the project, which is included in the company’s bid for national skills academy status.

Work is due to start on site in September, running alongside work BAM is already undertaking for the hospital’s Specialist Rehabilitation Centre.

Completion is scheduled for autumn 2014.

Project manager Andrew Cavil said: “Not only will this scheme provide better facilities for patients, it will deliver improved facilities for the training of doctors, as well as creating job opportunities and boosting the local economy.”

The Morriston scheme was procured via the Welsh Health Estate Designed for Life Framework. Bam has completed over £300 million of projects under the Framework, representing around 40 per cent of the awards. Its previous schemes include Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Caerphilly and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan in Ebbw Vale.

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