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Exclusive: B&K wins £20m Altrincham hospital regen

Bowmer & Kirkland has beaten Interserve and Vinci to a major hospital regeneration scheme in south Manchester.

Construction News understands the Derbyshire-based firm has signed a contract to deliver the £20m scheme after being named on the three-strong shortlist in August last year.

The 88,000 sq ft project on the site of the former Altrincham General Hospital was put together by developer Citybranch in collaboration with NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group and Trafford Council.

It will provide public health services, GP practices and enhanced community facilities.

The design will incorporate the original facade of the hospital, which dates back to the 1870s and was closed in 2015, and will also provide a tourist information centre and a new library.

Pott Street at the eastern side of the building will be pedestrianised under the plans and replaced with a paved area, complete with cafes and shops.

A planning application was submitted in November 2015 and approved by the council in February 2016.

Citybranch struck a £35m deal last September with Canada Life to forward-fund the construction of the scheme, and agreed to fully let the project to NHS Property Services on a 30-year lease.

The agreement also allows the NHS to acquire the freehold interest at the end of the 30-year period for £1.

A £17m hospital, also developed by Citybranch, opened in Altrincham in April 2015.

Other major regeneration projects due to get under way in the town include developer Nikal’s £70m Altair scheme, which will provide 100,000 sq ft of retail and 38,000 sq ft of office space near the town’s station.

The Altair scheme is set to begin in the new year, with Eric Wright Group acting as main contractor, after its original start date was pushed back.

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