Midland Metropolitan Hospital
Midland Metropolitan Hospital is a new acute general hospital being built on a 16 acres (6.5 hectares) site in Grove Lane at Smethwick near Birmingham. The hospital was designed by a team led by HKS and including Edward Williams Architects and Sonnemann Toon Architects. Already behind its original target completion date of October 2018, it was being built by Carillion. However, the company went into liquidation in January 2018, causing the PFI contract to be terminated and delaying the hospital's completion until at least late 2021.
|Midland Metropolitan Hospital|
|Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust|
Midland Metropolitan Hospital
|Location||Smethwick, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Hospital type||District General|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust was granted a compulsory purchase order to buy the land at Grove Lane, which had previously been used for industrial purposes by GKN, in January 2011. The hospital was designed by a team led by HKS. Edward Williams Architects is the architectural design lead and Sonnemann Toon Architects the architectural clinic lead.
The new hospital will have 670 beds and 15 operating theatre suites. The total capital cost was forecast to be £297 million of which £100 million would be provided by HM Treasury with the remainder privately financed. Work on site started in January 2016 and construction was due to be completed in October 2018, but the project became delayed, with completion initially rescheduled for 2019.
Until January 2018, it was being built by Carillion who were also to provide hard facilities management and life-cycle maintenance services. On 15 January 2018, Carillion went into liquidation, partly due to its problems with the hospital contract, and delaying the project still further; 70 Carillion staff lost their jobs. On 26 March 2018, it was reported that the project had been costing over £17m more than Carillion had officially reported.
In March 2018, Skanska negotiated to take over the hospital's construction, with the project 18 months late and likely to cost an additional £125 million. In May 2018, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust had yet to confirm Skanska to complete the project, and with the unfinished site deteriorating, completion was likely to be pushed back an additional two years, to 2022. In June 2018, a consortium of banks financing the project withdrew their support, and HM Treasury cancelled the PFI contract for construction of the hospital, leaving it with a lengthy search for new investment and pushing the completion date back to at least 2022.
In the meantime, the NHS trust started tendering for a interim contractor to deliver a £13m programme of works to protect the site until a replacement construction contractor is appointed; the OJEU notice for the £13m early works contract was published on 9 August 2018; in October 2018, this work was awarded to Balfour Beatty.
In August 2018, market testing with contractors showed there was little appetite to bid under a private finance model, and that a PF2 bid would be over £100m more expensive and take six months longer. As a result, the NHS trust sought direct government funding to complete the project, and on 16 August 2018, the government announced it would provide funding to complete the hospital. In November 2018, it was reported that the NHS Trust was struggling to find a contractor to complete the hospital, with the possibility that the hospital might be delayed beyond 2022. In January 2019, firms - some previously involved with the project - were formally invited to apply for shortlisting to complete the half-finished hospital; the successful bidder was expected to start in October 2019 and complete the project in late 2021. A wrangle over proposed changes to local authority boundaries threatened to delay the contractor appointment, with Balfour Beatty reportedly the sole bidder for the project.
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