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Laing O'Rourke wins £100m hospital redevelopment job

Laing O’Rourke has won a £100 million contract to redevelop West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Laing O’Rourke will lead the design and construction element of the redevelopment that will see the creation of a modern, flexible and sustainable healthcare facility.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said the redevelopment will boost the local economy and contribute to the regeneration of West Cumbria.

Laing O’Rourke has given an undertaking that the majority of the workforce needed for the redevelopment will be sourced from local postcodes through its approved contractors and supply chain.

It is expected that early preparatory work on the site will start before Christmas this year to allow for the major construction to begin on the site in 2010.

The redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital will be a publically funded capital project meaning it is not funded through a Private Finance Initiative.

The redevelopment will see the majority of acute clinical services provided in new-build accommodation including a new-build emergency care centre, new theatres, new ambulatory care and new wards.

The redevelopment will also use all current state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that it delivers a low to zero carbon impact on the environment.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust chairman Mike Little said: “Laing O’Rourke has an outstanding record in delivering state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and we are thrilled to be bringing them on board as partners in this significant development for West Cumbria.

“This major project will provide a new healthcare facility that will see great improvements for all our patients in West Cumbria along with providing a great boost to the local economy.”