Hemel Hempstead, 2 February 2017 - BAM Construction has been chosen as preferred bidder for the construction of an £18 million unit to care for very sick and premature babies at Glan Clwyd Hospital. The scheme is known as the Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC). Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has made the appointment after funding was announced by Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Government’s health secretary.
The project re-unites BAM’s Rob Bailey with the hospital for whom he has previously delivered the cancer treatment centre, just a few years ago. Mr Bailey, who lives nearby in Deeside, is currently completing the new Urgent Care and Trauma facilities for Aintree Hospital.
Mr Bailey said: ‘We’ve been working with the Health Board for some time to develop the business case for the new neo natal facilities. I’m delighted that funding is now secured and the scheme can be delivered. I’m very fortunate to be working with a client that has such an incredible life changing impact for people in North Wales.’
Apart from the new Unit the scheme includes a variety of other alterations. Preparatory work on the site has already started with Welsh Government’s initial funding of £1.422 million to include upgrades to electrical infrastructure at the site of the SuRNICC and an additional transport incubator for transferring the most critically ill and unstable babies.
Mandy Cooke, Neonatal Service Manager, said: ‘It’s great that funding for the project has been formally approved and that construction work can now get underway without delay. The project team is working extremely hard to bring this fantastic project to fruition, providing expert care for newborn babies from all parts of North Wales. We are already making significant progress in recruiting additional skilled clinical staff to the new positions the development will create.’
Vaughan Gething said: ‘It’s good news that work is underway. I look forward to the completion of the SuRNICC which will provide the best possible standards of care and clinical outcomes for mothers and their babies across North Wales.’
Further information: Mark Slattery, Press and Media Manager, BAM Construct UK Ltd, 01442 238415.